How to Grow Tomatoes

How to Grow Tomatoes

Growing Food
Once you have sown your tomato seeds, seen them germinate, then comes the big exciting day, planting them in the garden and seeing them to fruition.... get it? Fruition? okay, ANYway.... The usual, and honestly most productive method of growing indeterminate tomatoes is as cordons. What is a cordon tomato? Well, a cordon is an indeterminate tomato that is has side shoots pinched, and is trained to one main stem with leaves and trusses (sprigs of tomatoes) coming off it. Bush varieties don't need to be grown this way. There are also trailing varieties that can be grown in containers and hanging baskets.Extra care must be taken if tomatoes are grown in containers, baskets or 'growbags' that they do not dry out. Cordon Tomato Cultivation As the plants grow, periodically…
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Air Layering for Easy Plant Propagation

Gardening Methods, Organic Gardening
Propagating plants is a great way to make many plants from one, however many gardeners have not been very successful with rooting new plants from cuttings. Well there is a better way. Air layering is easy, and the success rate is much higher. Perhaps you have a great plant you want to share with friends. Maybe you are moving soon and have a special plant that you can't dig and take with you. Or you may have a houseplant that's grown too tall for the room it's in. You can use air layering to root the top and replant it, thereby starting over with a much smaller plant. The Basics of Air Layering First, select a section of stem, and with a knife cut all the way around it in…
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Baby Chicks Off the Lights

Baby Chicks Off the Lights

Chickens
These guys were on heat lamps until today. The temps overnight are still dipping in the low 40's, but TODAY it's going to be in the 80's and they get to be outside! The chicks are being 'weaned' from the heating lamp. They are getting feathered out. They are looking quite beautiful! It is going to rain this weekend. Now I can only hope they have the good sense to use their little ramp and come in out of the rain. Normally I wouldn't put them out until they are fully feathered, but the temps are in the 80's and they will be fine outdoors. They jumped and peeped and are having the best time with all the room to run, they don't quite know what to do with themselves.…
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