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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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]