Category: tomatoes

A midsummer tomato haul from my parents’ garden. 

Should I provide Staking/caging in growing Tomatoes?

Generally, determinate types are the ones that are given no support. If you are using indeterminate type then you need to stake them or provide some sort of cage. 

Have questions about growing tomatoes? Get it answered. Here are the most common questions about growing tomatoes.

>>>  FAQs About Tomato Growing

Quick and fun tomato nutrition fact: tomatoes are diet-friendly:

A tomato is more than 90 % water and is very low in sodium. It’s a diuretic that helps eliminate toxins while you’re on a diet.

More Interesting facts about Nutritious Tomatoes

Backyard summer treats!

Backyard summer treats!

May 24, 2018

11 days ago I planted this tomato seedling after accidentally severing it from its root ball. I buried as much of the stem as I could and did my best to keep the soil moist. Tomatoes can grow new root systems, but the biggest hurdle to clear was keeping the plant hydrated enough to avoid vascular collapse long enough for rooting to occur. Think of it like cut flowers in a vase; the stem alone can draw water for a few days, but eventually the flowers wilt.

As you can see, the plant is alive and healthy today! It’s still quite small as all its available energy has had to go toward growth below the soil, but it should take off soon. Meanwhile my father-in-law’s plant is fully 2 feet tall 😅

May 13, 2018

Disaster! A runaway tomato cage decapitated one of my tomato seedlings today as I was preparing to plant mine in it’s final home.

The victim wasn’t the seedling I had planned to keep for myself, but ‘you break it, you buy it’. So, now we have a two-part science experiment.

Hypothesis A: the root ball and remaining stem will send out new shoot(s) and continue to grow

Hypothesis B: the rootless stem will produce a new root system and continue to grow

It’s maybe not as hopeless as it seems; tomatoes can grow roots nearly anywhere along the stem and particularly from leaf nodes. This is why you should bury tomato seedlings up to the top few sets of leaves when you plant them. The deciding factor will be if the planted stem can hang on long enough to grow new roots.

I might be buying a seedling for myself next weekend!

April 17

Just a quick update on my tomato seedlings – they’re coming along nicely, most with two sets of true leaves after just over 2 weeks. Three of the original set didn’t sprout so I replanted those – that’s why a couple seedlings are behind the others.

The sprouts are maybe getting a little leggy; the setup I have doesn’t let me put the light as close to the pots as I’d like. I’m not too concerned about it, though. When I plant my tomatoes I always bury them up to the top few sets of leaves anyway, because tomatoes will grow roots from the buried stem and leaf nodes. This actually improves the root structure of the plant!

Mar 31, 2018

It’s time to start tomatoes!

I like to experiment, so I like to try a new variety every year. Starting with seeds gives you more options than waiting for seedlings from the garden centre, so every year I end up with a whole packet of tomato seeds when I only need one plant.

So I plant one for myself, and one for my mom, and for my father-in-law, and then I still have a handful left. This year I thought “oh, maybe Coworker A will want one!” and sure enough he did, so then I thought well, perhaps Coworkers B and C might also, I know they garden too. I posed the question in our Coworker group chat, and long story short…

I’m now growing eleven tomatoes.

Summer subtly turning toward fall these days. (Only two pumpkins survived the crazy heatwave we had at the beginning of September. The second round of figs are happening. And the Juliet tomato is still out of control – all of the tomatoes in that top right box are from a single plant!)