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Do’s and Don’ts of Growing A Garden

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As a child we had fruit trees, Apple, Pear, Cherry, then we had Rhubarb plants, and wild Strawberries. I remember my first garden.  I was a child about 9 or 10 and really liked to see things grow and not only watch them grow but eat them as well.  Summer time was always great.  My sister and I would go from tree to tree and eat till we didn’t want anymore.  Then we wanted to try and grow our own vegetables, so we got some seeds and started digging.  Don’t remember if we actually got anything from the garden but I know it was kind of fun to watch things grow.

Well, as I got older and got married I wanted to have fresh vegetables to eat so hubby tilled up an area and we started with tomato plants.  I think tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to put out in a garden.  They are pretty simple to grow, you just put them in the ground and they go bananas.  You don’t want to over water them because they need to have a good root system.  The roots will go search for water which will stabilize the plant especially when it gets lots of tomatoes on the vines.  I do put cages around the plant just so it has something to help hold the fruit off the ground.  Also, it is a good idea to put straw around the plant as well which helps to hold in moisture during the hot summer months.

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Plants I have grown from seeds in my little green house

As I said earlier, you don’t want to over water the plants because they can get blight and once they have that it is hard to get rid of and the plants don’t produce very well.

 

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I have used Epsom salt as a fertilizer.  Sounds weird I know but on the back of the package it tells you how to use it as a fertilizer and I have used it several times.  It is much cheaper than that other plant stuff.

Another great fertilizer is rabbit poo which is not only good for your tomatoes but it is also good for all your plants.  It will not burn them like some of the other like chicken or cow or horse.  You can buy it online but I prefer to find someone who has rabbits.

 

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Tomato plants are also great for container gardening.  You can put them in pots on the porch, out on the front lawn or any place where the plant can get lots and lots of sun.  I put one cherry tomato plant on my back deck but have to fight the squirrels off to get any fruit.

Good luck with your tomato plants and you can learn all sorts of information  on the internet. Until tomorrow have a good day and I will send out recipes for using all the tomatoes you will be getting from your plants.

Author: southfarmmarket

I am the Market Master for Southport Farmers Market and I spend many hours working on the updates to post here. I also am a Administrator for a popular Blog known as Jenn's Blah Blah Blog. Other things I do are fishing and baking.

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