I love a fresh tomato any time of the year. Don’t you? I love my tomatoes so much, that when I am eating others that were store bought and they are not in season (which is like every month of the year at the store) I pick them off and set the aside. Why eat cardboard?
My Gardening approach is simple, for I don’t have a lot of time and I am sure that you don’t have a lot of time either. If I had the time to go out and weed every day, water my plants, talk to them and do everything everyone tells me that I should be doing for them, I probably would. Here are the simple truths to what I am about when it comes to me and my green thumb. I like it easy and productive.
At first, I always used plastic for ground cover. Not the plastic that is sold at the stores, that is as bad as poison. The garden soil needs to be able to breathe. So I use the plastic that comes from the lumber store that covers the wood. This plastic is woven and makes it so that the ground can breathe and at the same time eliminate the weeds. Black side up, white side down. I played white vs black one year…black is best for the garden.
As for fertilizers, I keep it simple. I don’t use much of anything other than one simple rule. What I use this year, I won’t use next year. One year I will do all leaves and till it into the ground. The next I will use manure. The next I will find some compost. The next I start over with leaves. Or if I am feeling really “vigorous”, I proclaim it the year of the Jubilee as found in the Bible and do nothing for the ground, for it is the year of rest.
I have a few variety that I buy as seedlings over and over. When buying, I buy the ones that look like plastic. Meaning the darkest shade of green. I also pick the tallest plant and it can have its first flowers. I don’t buy plants that come in larger pots that are super big… that’s just a waste of money. All my plants get at least 5 feet tall eventually, some have even grown to be 9 feet.
“Is that one suppose to be that tall?”
So we have bought which ever type you prefer and are ready to shove them into the ground. Wait!, not so fast, the next part is the most important. There are certain plants that have the ability to grow roots up its entire stem. Tomato is one of those beauties. Look at the seedling and find, counting from the top, the top four branches. After identifying them, pinch off all the remaining branches. Dig your hole as deep as the plant is, loosening up the dirt, and fill the hole