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   Oct 26

“You Say Tomato, I Say To-mah-to…”To-may-to, to-mah-to – However you say it the bottom line is we all love them! Now here’s how to get them.

You know you love tomatoes. You love them in your pasta sauce, you love them in your salads, in your salsas and tomato sandwiches!

But what do you know about tomatoes? Okay let’s talk tomatoes!

Here’s 7 things you never knew about tomatoes that might have caught you red in the face!

You know what produces great tomatoes – great seeds!

You know where you get great seeds? Oh, you can buy a pack of seeds at your local store ,that may have been there for a few years or you can take some out of a tomato you had kicking around but it’s not any old seed you want  it’s the best seed to produce the best tomatoes!

Do you want to know where I get my seeds from? Tomato Fest, a very reputable company.

They have any kind of organic, open pollinated seed you could think of! They have short season ones and long season ones, determinate ones and indeterminate ones, cherry ones and large ones. You name it they’ve got it!

Okay now do you want the real dirt on tomatoes?

You want some mouth-watering delicious tomatoes? Well here’s how you get them-

It’s all in the dirt- their food! The dirt, the water, the air.

It’s a whole secret world under those plants. It’s what holds it altogether and is the source of all life for your tomatoes.

The dirt tomatoes are in must be alive with a presence of microorganisms and life giving minerals, healthy and free from any disease, especially fungal disease. That’s the #1 enemy of tomatoes! It should be full of oxygen and be non-acidic – as close to neutral as possible (ph of 6.5-7.0).The texture is just like that of fresh bread dough. Here’s where you get down and dirty. Pick up some of your soil, squeeze it, and let it run through your fingers. Is it soft and fluffy? Can you mold it in your hands?

No. Okay, here’s what you’re going to do. Add some fresh soil or well-rotted compost with microorganisms (EM – Effective Microorganisms) check that out online. Then add some well-rotted cow manure preferably some that had been mixed with straw. Get the best possible!

Tomatoes love phosphorous, magnesium and iron. You know those Epson salts you love bathing in- well give your tomato plants a bath in them too (for magnesium).Use 1 tbsps. Per gallon of water. It’s really good when you water it into the soil before you plant your seedlings out.

Having oxygen comes in with your watering.

Do tomatoes like lots of water? You bet you! Tomatoes like lots of water and watered regularly but only on the soil around the tomato plant not on the visible part of the tomato plant.

Do you want to know the tomatoes’ sweet spot for watering? Water just to the soils saturation point. Keep the soil moist all through the day.

Now here’s that secret to having oxygen in the soil and having that soft fluffy soil

Mix your manure and extra nutrients into the soil and let it sit and rest for 7-10 days. Go out golfing or catch up on your other chores. This gives the soil a chance to absorb the oxygen.

At about 4 weeks there will be so much growth on your tomatoes you may have to water 2x per day on hot days. Now it’s time to start giving your tomato plants some more food for them to grow into strong healthy producing plants. Feed them 2-3 times per week. Look for a good tomato fertilizer with azote, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, molybdenum and nitrogen.

Wow! You really have some lush, bushy plants happening! WRONG! You’re growing leaves not tomatoes! All the food, water and energy is being sucked away from the tomatoes. Its tomatoes you want isn’t it? Okay then put on some gloves and start snipping off all those extra leaves and branches. Not just those bottom ones that are dragging in the dirt. Be ruthless, take more, then more again. You only need 3 or 4 leaves at the top and when new branches or leaves try to grow back snip them off again right to the stem. Do this as soon as you see the flower buds start to show. You’ll thank me later when you have a bounty of those mouth-watering delicious tomatoes.

Now if you want to have the maximum amount of tomatoes in the least amount of time with the healthiest, tastiest tomatoes there’s a couple more things you must do.

Give your tomato plants a greenhouse. Treat them the best way possible and you will get the maximum output of quality and quantity that you can’t get growing them in your garden.

Tomatoes like greenhouses period! In them you can regulate the temperature better. Tomatoes like 18-28 degrees Celsius or 64-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember how tomatoes don’t like having water on the visible part of the plant – now you can control the watering and you have more control of what’s in the soil.

The green house will allow them to withstand a bit of frost but it can also over heat them- which stops their production. Make sure your greenhouse is well ventilated and shade out the sun when it gets too hot.

Here’s a neat trick for you that allows you to control the pollination! You won’t be dependent on wind, bees or birds. With those huge productive plants you’re growing the traditional wooden stake or cage won’t work anymore. Take a medium width rope, weight it down with a heavy object and vine the tomato plant around it, fastening it to a metal or wooden bar that you’ve attached to the top of the greenhouse.

Now’s the fun part! Get yourself a stick of the proper length to reach comfortably to that bar and where each rope is fastened begin to beat the bar causing a vibration to go though out the whole plant. Voila! Your pollinating is done! Do this once or twice a week for the whole growing season and just about every flower your plant produces will turn into a juicy, scrumptious tomato!

Now you’ve got it all. The lowdown on growing deliciously mouth-watering tomatoes. Tomatoes for your pasta sauce, tomatoes for your salsas, tomatoes for your salads and your tomato sandwiches. Enjoy and may you always have an abundance of these lovely love apples to enjoy and share.

Patrice Porter from http://www.gardeningforfoodsecurity.com For your FREE Gardening Consultation ($50.00 Value) Call me! 1(306)469-5741

Here’s 7 things you never knew about tomatoes that might have caught you red in the face!

You know what produces great tomatoes – great seeds!

You know where you get great seeds? Oh, you can buy a pack of seeds at your local store ,that may have been there for a few years or you can take some out of a tomato you had kicking around but it’s not any old seed you want, it’s the best seed to produce the best tomatoes!

Do you want to know where I get my seeds from? Tomato Fest, a very reputable company.

You want some mouth-watering delicious tomatoes? Well here’s how you get them-

It’s all in the dirt- their food! The dirt, the water, the air.

The dirt is what holds it altogether and is the source of all life for your tomatoes.

It must be alive with a presence of microorganisms and life giving minerals, healthy and free from any disease, especially fungal disease. That’s the #1 enemy of tomatoes! It should be full of oxygen and be non-acidic – as close to neutral as possible (ph of 6.5-7.0).The texture is just like that of fresh bread dough. Now pick up some of your soil, squeeze it, and let it run through your fingers. Is it soft and fluffy? Can you mold it in your hands?

No. Okay, here’s what you’re going to do. Add some fresh soil or well-rotted compost with microorganisms (EM – Effective Microorganisms) check that out online. Then add some well-rotted cow manure.

Tomatoes love phosphorous, magnesium and iron. You know those Epson salts you love bathing in- well give your tomato plants a bath in them too (for magnesium).Use 1 tbsps. Per gallon of water. It’s really good when you water it into the soil before you plant your seedlings out.

Having oxygen comes in with your watering.

Tomatoes like lots of water and watered regularly but only on the soil around the tomato plant not on the visible part of the tomato plant.

The sweet spot for watering tomatoes is just to the soils saturation point. Keep the soil moist all through the day.

Now here’s that secret to having oxygen in the soil and having that soft fluffy soil

Mix your manure and extra nutrients into the soil and let it sit and rest for 7-10 days. Go out golfing or catch up on your other chores. This gives the soil a chance to absorb the oxygen.

At about 4 weeks there will be so much growth on your tomatoes you may have to water 2x per day on hot days. Now it’s time to start giving your tomato plants some more food for them to grow into strong healthy, producing plants. Feed them 2-3 times per week. Look for a good tomato fertilizer with azote, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, molybdenum and nitrogen.

Wow! You really have some lush, bushy plants happening! WRONG! You’re growing leaves not tomatoes! All the food, water and energy is being sucked away from the tomatoes. Its tomatoes you want isn’t it? Okay then put on some gloves and start snipping off all those extra leaves and branches. Not just those bottom ones that are dragging in the dirt. Be ruthless, take more, then more again. You only need 3 or 4 leaves at the top and when new branches or leaves try to grow back snip them off again right to the stem. Do this as soon as you see the flower buds start to show. You’ll thank me later when you have a bounty of those mouth-watering delicious tomatoes.

Now if you want to have the maximum amount of tomatoes in the least amount of time with the healthiest, tastiest tomatoes there’s a couple more things you must do.

Give your tomato plants a greenhouse. Treat them the best way possible and you will get the maximum output of quality and quantity that you can’t get growing them in your garden.

In a greenhouse you can regulate the temperature better. Tomatoes like 18-28 degrees Celsius or 64-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Now you can control the watering and you have more control of what’s in the soil.

The green house will allow them to withstand a bit of frost but it can also over heat them- which stops their production. Make sure your greenhouse is well ventilated and shade out the sun when it gets too hot.

Here’s a neat trick for you that allows you to control the pollination! You won’t be dependent on wind, bees or birds.Take a medium width rope, weight it down with a heavy object and vine the tomato plant around it, fastening it to a metal or wooden bar that you’ve attached to the top of the greenhouse.

Now’s the fun part! Get yourself a stick of the proper length to reach comfortably to that bar and where each rope is fastened begin to beat the bar causing a vibration to go though out the whole plant. Voila! Your pollinating is done! Do this once or twice a week for the whole growing season and just about every flower your plant produces will turn into a juicy, scrumptious tomato!

Now you’ve got all you need to know to grow those delicious, mouth watering tomatoes Enjoy and may you always have an abundance to enjoy and share.

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