I am often asked the question, “Which tomatoes can I grow in containers?” The exciting answer: “Any ones that you crave!” This doesn’t mean that you can take any tomato variety in any size of container in any location. Success with containers takes a bit of gardening savvy, particularly in understanding the differences with traditional […]
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If you start plants from seed, eventually you’ll have to master the technique of potting up. It’s what you do when a seedling gets too big for the pot or cell it’s growing in. Usually it’s too early to plant outdoors, so you pot up. Not all seedlings require potting up, but many do.
Whether you grow on a patio, porch, rooftop or fire escape, it’s essential to choose the right tomato varieties when growing in containers. Look for determinate or semi-determinate varieties, which have a more concentrated fruit set and a compact habit.
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Sometimes vegetables have a little fun. These shots were sent from Colorado gardener Carole Poysti, who entered our Harvest Photo Contest, Carole preserves a lot of her harvest, so she titled the tomato shot, “Our Lady of Perpetual Canning.” The lady is part of her crop of San Marzanos, which she preserves by drying. “When […]
In October, Michelle Terry of Tecumseh, KS, sent us this photo — an entry in our Harvest Photo Contest. Although her photo wasn’t chosen as a winner, we had to ask: What did you do with all the green tomatoes? “This is a bit of a funny story,” Michelle says. “My three tomato plants grew […]
July 22 Most of my time lately has been spent pruning tomato suckers, staking and supporting growing plants and monitoring the gardens for pests and disease. We’ve heard that late blight has made its way to Vermont (so sad) so I’ve been on the look out for any sign. Is it in your area yet? Make sure you’re […]
A water-soaked spot at the blossom end of tomato fruits is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem is not a disease, but rather a physiological disorder caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. It can occur in pepper, squash, cucumber and melon fruits as well as tomatoes. Blossom-end rot […]