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How to Make Nutrient Dense Soil for Growing Vegetables in Pots

Studies have shown that the more nutrients plants have available, the healthier and more disease resistant they are. Just like in the human body, diseases do not have a chance to take hold if the host plant is healthy. Conventional growing methods add only nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, but studies have shown that our soils are becoming depleted of the other nutrients needed by plants, which is causing our food to become less and less nutritious. For example, conventionally grown spinach now has only a tenth of the nutrition that it had 40 to 50 years ago. How to Grow High [ ... ]

How To Grow Salsa in Pots – Tomatoes

How To Grow Salsa in Pots – Tomatoes Arguably, no crop in the garden is more anticipated than the first fresh, vine ripened tomato of the season. Many hybrids have been bred to mature early, but tomato lovers often find these have little more flavor than do supermarket tomatoes. As a rule, bush or determinate tomatoes will do better in a container because the plants will tend to stay smaller. Most determinate tomatoes produce all of their fruit over a short period of time, such as within two weeks, and then stop producing. Determinate tomatoes are easier to grow since they do [ ... ]

How to Choose Which Tomatoes to Grow in Containers

Arguably, no crop in the garden is more anticipated than the first fresh, vine ripened tomato of the season. Many hybrids have been bred to mature early, but tomato lovers often find these have little more flavor than do supermarket tomatoes. As a rule, bush or determinate tomatoes will do better in a container because the plants will tend to stay smaller. Most determinate tomatoes produce all of their fruit over a short period of time, such as within two weeks, and then stop producing. Determinate tomatoes are easier to grow since they do not need as much pruning as indeterminate [ ... ]

How to Grow Salsa in Containers

Salsa is the most popular condiment in America, and a nutritious addition to any meal. By choosing the best varieties of vegetables to grow in pots, you can be making your own fresh salsa as early as July.  Once you grow your own salsa, you may never again eat salsa purchased from the store. Every  ingredient you grow will be of gourmet quality, and you will be able to blend your new favorite varieties of vegetables and herbs for the best tasting salsa. Picante sauce or salsa can be made out of anything you like, including fruit. Mexican salsa is often [ ... ]

How to Plant Early Season Vegetables

To get a crop out of your garden quickly, choose some fast-maturing vegetables. For vegetables that are normally transplanted, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, the maturity date stated on the plant tag is the number of days after the plant is set out until harvest. For seeds, it is the number of days from planting the seeds to harvest, which is normally stated on the packet. Be sure to label your plantings. Popsicle sticks written on with pencil are the most economical plant labels and stay readable the longest.   How to Plant Early Season Vegetables: Early Season Lettuce Cultivars Fresh lettuce [ ... ]

Tomato Plants for Upside Down Containers

Growing upside down tomatoes or topsy-turvy tomatoes has become very popular in the last few years. When growing plants in upside-down containers, determinate varieties, as a rule make better choices.  There are a few indeterminate varieties that stay small enough to grown in upside-down containers, but most varieties are determinate. Determinate tomato plants tend to produce their fruit in a short time frame and then become nonproductive. Indeterminate tomato photo credit: torbakhopperplants tend to produce for longer period, but get taller, or in the case of growing upside down, they will get longer. With this in mind, you may [ ... ]

How to Control Insect Problems in Tomatoes

Tomatoes are easy to grow, but there are many pests which like to eat tomatoes and the plants. The best way to avoid either pests or disease problems when growing tomatoes or any plant is to keep the plant healthy. It has been scientifically shown that diseased plants attract insects. This is nature’s way to improve the gene pool, by eliminating species which are susceptible to disease. In addition poorly nourished plants let off excess nitrogen and insects need high nitrogen foods to thrive. Insects can smell the nitrogen and are attracted to the plants. Attract Tomato Pest Predators Some companion plants [ ... ]

How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots

Planning your garden is one of America’s favorite pasttimes for January and February, when the beautiful and tempting garden catalogs start flooding our mailboxes. Since tomatoes are the number one home gardening crop, breeders have developed varieties for every need. When growing tomatoes in containers, as a general rule it is best to stick with determinate varieties. Most determinate varieties do not grow as tall as indeterminate varieties. However, determinate vines tend to stop producing after they have produced all of their crop over a short amount of time. To continue harvesting tomatoes all summer, either plant several times in succession [ ... ]

How to Grow Early Tomato Varieties

Tomato lovers are always eager to savor their first fresh tomato of the year. While most varieties take three months to produce, you can get the season started quickly by choosing early tomato varieties, and the best varieties are only available from seed started early indoors. Perusing the beautiful catalogs in January and February is one of gardener’s favorite activities, and the choices are nearly overwhelming. The following varieties are primarily listed by use, but all mature much earlier than main season cultivars. Dates until maturity are the number of days until the plant start producing tomatoes from being transplanted into [ ... ]