Garden Fresh: Grow Your Own Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs »
InstructionsI've heard the tip about planting tomatoes sideways but never tried it until Doug showed how in the Garden Fresh class. It works - even in a container. We have had unbelievable heat and drought and my tomato plants have hung in there and look great.
Category: Home & Garden
Type of item: Plant or Flower
Because the growing season here is short, I go for Early Girl and an Eastern European variety called Polbig -- it's nice to have tomatoes by early July. The fruit isn't very big but it tastes good. Another tomato gardener told me to use kelp (seaweed) liquid fertilizer and keep them a little on the dry side.
What was your inspiration?
The Garden Fresh class on Craftsy.
What are you most proud of?
I managed to keep both the tomatoes and the basil alive. If I take the Artisan Cheese class and make some fresh mozzarella, I would have 100 percent homemade caprese.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't buy enormous tomato plants at the nursery, even though it's tempting. A 2" pot works just as well. Bite the bullet and strip off all but the top tier of leaves. It feels WRONG but the plant loves it.