Jul
30
2014
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Irrigation Systems for Watering Tomatoes

An automatic plant watering system for your tomato plants may just solve one of your biggest problems

For many people growing tomatoes, the biggest problem they face is establishing an effective plant watering system. Whether that is due to a busy lifestyle, being a little forgetful or just don’t like the routine of watering the plants on a regular basis.

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Jun
22
2014
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How To Build a Raised Bed For Tomatoes and Vegetables

For anyone with the space and climate (or large greenhouse), growing tomatoes in a raised bed is a great way to ensure that you can grow healthy tomato plants in a controlled area and in reasonable quantities. There are lots of ways to build a raised bed for tomatoes and vegetables and the video below describes many of most common methods with detailed instructions for how to build a raised bed using a basic timber structure.

Although, when gardening, how to build a raised bed should also consider what materials you already have available. For example, as I have a reasonable amount of timber on my land, I simply cut down a few appropriately sized logs i.e. around 6″(150mm) diameter and cut them to the required length. The recommended size when building a raised bed is 4′(1.2m) by 2′(0.6m), this will ensure that you can easily access the entire area of the raised bed without having to stand on the soil. So weeding, pest control and general maintenance can easily be carried out from the edges of the raised bed. It also makes it easier to stake your individual plants which should be spaced at least 12″(300mm) apart to ensure they have sufficient light and nutrients. 6 plants should fit comfortably in a raised bed of this size.

By using materials that were readily available to me I saved on the cost of purchasing timber from the local garden centre or DIY outlet. So it is always worth looking to see what you have available and if you have something suitable then why not use it? A raised bed made of wood does not have to be an exact science, as long as it is reasonably substantial and can take the weather for a few years it should be fine.

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Jun
21
2014
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Gardening Pests and Tomatoes – you need a pest control book

There are quite a few garden pests that will attack your tomato plants so you need to stay pretty vigilant and keep a careful eye on your plants to make sure that they are not under attack. Many of the pests tend to lay their eggs on the underside of the the tomato plant leaves, so try and get in the habit of just lifting the leaves up and having a look underneath.

Some of the most common tomato pests are : -

  • Aphids
  • Whitefly
  • Spider mites
  • Leafhoppers
  • flea beetles
  • tomato hornworm

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Jun
20
2014
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Growing Tomatoes from Seed

If you are interested in growing tomatoes from seed then you can find out the technique for separating the seeds from the fruit and preparing them for cultivation in the following video. The video describes the process in a clear and easy way that most anyone will be able to follow.

Heirloom tomato varieties are very popular for their full flavour and taste. Although the video does not use heirloom tomatoes the technique is exactly the same for all tomato types. If you want information on how to cultivate the seeds and turn them into tomato plants you can find out exactly how to grow tomatoes from seed by clicking on the link.

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Jul
13
2013
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Our Sioux Tomatoes Are Coming Along Nicely

Tastiest tomato varietyThis year we decided to go with the Sioux heirloom tomatoes again. I have talked about the Sioux variety before when discussing the tastiest tomatoes available. You can read all about why they are considered to be the tastiest tomatoes and who actually suggested to me that Sioux tomatoes are the tastiest via the link above.

This year I tried a little experiment with respect to what makes the best seeding compost. I have used specialist compounds before from local garden centers and yes they work fine, but they can sometimes be a little expensive. So as I had plenty of seeds I thought it would be worth a try with my own compost. Basically I just layer my garden waste and cuttings in a big old wooden frame and mix in, nettles, grass cuttings, dead leaves and anything else that becomes available through routine maintenance in the garden, the exception being perennial weeds. You can of course pile your kitchen waste in there as well, I don’t actually because it is quite a long way from the kitchen to our large compost frame, so we keep a small plastic one a little nearer for that job, just for convenience really. It’s the same principle of layering different types of garden & kitchen waste (wet and dry) just on a smaller scale.

Once the compost is well rotted and crumbly you know it is ready to go. Because I was going to use it as a ‘seed compost’ I decided to riddle it and take out any big pieces. You can do that with any garden riddle or sifter, they cost a little bit but last for years and they are an essential garden tool. The benefit of course is that you end up with a nice fine compost that, provided you have allowed it to rot down completely, will provide a rich source of nutrients to your young plants as they grow.

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Jun
24
2013
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Now is the Time to be Vigilant

tomatoes-dishWe have just started to harvest our first tomatoes of the season and realised this is actually the time that you should remember to be extra vigilant.

Having taken the trouble to select the right plants, popped them into the ground in the right location, maybe done a bit of pruning to top them out and prevent them contacting the ground; where they can pick up contamination. The watering program is clearly working and the fruit is coming and ripening nicely.

So what can go wrong? Well actually now, as suggested,  is the time to be extra vigilant against pests, blight and blossom end rot; to name a few of the potential problems you could possibly encounter. That would be a real shame at this stage of proceedings just when you are starting to reap the rewards of your toils.

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May
24
2013
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Tomato Blossom End Rot

There are a number of reasons for blossom-end rot: -

  • Too much nitrogen
  • Limey or sandy soil conditions
  • Variable moisture content accentuated by extremely dry or wet weather conditions

The video below includes a little information on blossom end rot with pictures of what it looks like in case you are not sure. There are other subjects covered in the video for other gardening problems but the blossom end rot is one of the first covered.

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Apr
24
2013
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A common tomato pest – whitefly

Whitefly a Tomato Pest

Savona Technical Details

* Fatty acid non toxic insecticide
* Safe alternative to chemical pesticides
* “Effective against mealybugs, whitefly and aphids”
* 1 bottle will cover 500 sq.m
* Simply dilute with water for application

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Written by Brian in: Tomato pests,Tomato plant care |
Mar
16
2013
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The Best Tomatoes for a Home Grown Tomato Garden

You can, if you prefer, purchase or collect your own tomato seeds and cultivate your own plants, but for most people it is easier and probably more cost effective just to buy your tomato plants, particularly when you take your time into account.

Whichever option you select, the first decision you need to make is whether you go for a determinate type plant (bush tomatoes) or an indeterminate type plant (vine tomatoes).

The most significant difference between the two is how the fruit ripens, determinate type plants provide the fruit over a shorter period so you end up with a lot of fruit pretty much all at the same, which is fine if you are into preserving and don’t necessarily want fresh tomatoes over a long period, for example sun dried tomatoes are wonderful to eat and are a great meat substitute in a vegetarian dish.

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Mar
15
2013
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Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Growing tomatoes is really quite enjoyable it doesn’t need to take a lot of space because they can be grown in containers on patios, balconies, upside down in a topsy turvy tomato hanger or even indoors.

Using a container for tomato plants is often a a good option when you have a limited living space with little or no garden or if you have a garden but it is plagued with fungi diseases or nematodes.

Tomatoes in ContainersMore and more there are people who aren’t growing tomatoes because of problems they have encountered due to tomato disease and the most frequent questions asked from spring through to early fall are concerning how to fix, or avoid, these associated problems.

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