Tomatoes May Be Future Economic Indicator

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Smart gardeners should plant extra tomatoes for canning or freezing this year.

I haven’t heard much about the continuing drought in California, but what happens there this year, will have a lot to do with the price of canned tomatoes next year. That’s why smart gardeners should add a few extra tomato plants to their gardens this season.

California has a $35 billion agriculture industry and consumers in the U.S. rely on the state for half of our fruits and vegetables–including tomatoes. The continuing drought may make it difficult to plant and grow tomatoes this season, which could lead to fewer and more expensive canned tomato products next year.

This is the third year in a row for California’s water woes which is causing produce problems. Without water farmers won’t be planting crops like tomatoes.

Tomatoes are easy to grow in the home garden, even if you don’t have a lot of space to grow them. Containers, like a half whiskey barrel planter, provide enough room to grow one tomato plant. I’ve even had good luck growing tomatoes in smaller containers, just as long as they have 6-8 hours of sun each day and are watered and fertilized regularly.

I plan to offer more tomato growing tips as the season progresses–I just wanted to sound an early alert. Planting some extra tomato seeds now is a good way to save for the future.

Do you have any tomato growing tips to share?


 

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