Secrets to Great Tomatoes
looking for bragging rights to the earliest tomato, the biggest crop of
fruit or the healthiest plants, you're in the right place.
Because this ebook is going to give you the tools to earn
bragging rights in your neighborhood. I want to make it clear
right now - upfront - that I'm a serious garden and garden writer and
not some apartment gardener trying to sell you something they've taken
off the Net. I've grown tomatoes commercially in my
greenhouses. And if you want to know how to maximize the
harvest off each plant, try paying the greenhouse heating fuel in a
Canadian winter and not getting a good harvest. Boy, you
learn fast - just like I did.
I love tomatoes
and every year my buddy and I have a little contest to see who can get
the earlies, the biggest and the best-tasting. The first two
are easy to decide but the last one needs at least one bottle of wine
and a party to figure it out. These are big stakes with our
gardening reputations on the line.
One of the
first things you need to know about tomatoes - a small thing but one
that will make your gardening that much more successful. Know
the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes.
If you mix them up, your yields can go down dramatically.
(determinate yield all at once, indeterminate produce fruit
These and other bits of necessary
tomato tips are described in the first chapter. It might not
keep you awake at night but knowing this stuff will help you grow
bigger tomatoes and more of them.
to Great Soils
There are tricks to
getting a good tomato soil that work even on the heaviest of
clay soils. There are several techniques there to improve
garden soils as well as the single best way grow tomatoes on a heavy
clay soil to let you succeed. And they're covered in this ebook in
enough detail that even a beginner gardener can figure it out.
Tomatoes in Part Shade
get asked all the time how to grow tomatoes in sunlight that is a bit
shady. This ebook gives you that simple trick. And
it doesn't take a rocket scientist to make it work. The fact
is that you won't get as large a crop as a garden in full hot sun but
you'll still get a crop if you follow this simple trick.
I know some garden books try to tell you they have a
"secret" to allow you to do this but really - it's all in the plant
You're going to want to know how to
plant tomatoes; and the simple trick to planting them no matter how
gangly they are.
Tomatoes in Containers
is all about growing tomatoes in containers. If you follow
the instructions in this chapter, you can grow as many tomatoes in a
container as you can in the ground. I've done it
– and done it regularly using garbage bags as containers.
And the methods I'll describe in this chapter will enable you
to try to reach that world record.
- You Might Be Surprised
Chapter Six tells you
how and when to water. I know that you think you know all
about watering plants so this should be pretty boring
stuff. Well maybe.
chapter is where I tell you of my simple watering system that will grow
the largest crop of tomatoes in your garden short of installing
automatic watering. And its free to do
you'll learn what happens if you don't water enough.
Reasons to Mulch
Chapter Seven tells you the
three reasons I mulch my plants. And one of those
reasons is because my tomato roots come out three to five feet all
around my plants and I don't want hoes digging up the roots.
If your tomato plants are not as aggressive as mine, you may
want to ask yourself what I'm doing that you're
Clear or Black
Plastic and When
This chapter also tells you when
to use clear plastic on your tomatoes and when to use black
plastic. If you get this mixed up as some garden writers will
describe it- you'll either kill your plants or
reduce the yields terribly.
Not only do I
describe plastic but this chapter also describes the organic system of
living mulch for both the gardeners in USDA zone 6 and warmer.
the Art of Pruning Tomatoes
eight describes pruning techniques and if you want to really increase
your harvests, you'll master these simple methods of training
your plants. Both the single and multiple vine systems of
pruning are described so you can really increase the size and number of
your fruit. And not only that but the book describes how and
when to prune your plants at the end of the season to increase that
important final yield.
How I Grow On
Chapter nine describes the system
I've used over the past few years to grow and stake tomatoes
on shallow ground. Anybody can drive a stake into the ground
but as the pictures in this chapter will show you, it takes a former
Cub Scout to design this system. If you have a
windy garden, this is something you want to take a look at.
it takes a very lazy gardener to construct the other system for
determinate plant staking. I explain both in this chapter.
for Huge, Juicy Fruit
tells you the single best thing you can use to feed your tomato
plants. It also describes the alternative plant food that
will dramatically increase any plant's growth rate without
wrecking the plant.
Nine Things You Have to Do to Get Early Crops
Eleven lists the nine things you want to do to get earlier crops than
your neighbors and friends. What more can I say? Put these
tips together into one growing package and you'll be the
bragging rights worth in your neighborhood? They're worth a
bottle of fine wine in mine.
for Common Problems
Finally, Chapter Twelve lists
the common problems (and cures!) for all the common tomato
problems. From Blossom end rot to blights and verticillium,
these problems are described and easy organic remedies described.
The chapter concludes with a handy reference
chart so if you see a problem with the leaves on your plant, you can go
to the chart – under leaves – and identify the
problem. If the problem is some irregular shapes on
your tomato fruit, you know you're looking at catfacing and
the reasons are described. You can then refer to the solution
in the chapter.
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