Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Nutrients in the Garden 19: Garden Maintenance

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
We are in the dog days of summer and there isn't a lot to report in the garden. The hail set us back so while others are harvesting, we are waiting and watching for everything to grow, bloom and produce.  As we wait; we water, weed and fertilize. (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 8: Soil for Container Gardening

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
While working on our advanced degrees, my husband and I lived in a tiny apartment with an even tinier balcony. We were living off student loans and trying to make the most of it. (more…)

My Garden Resolutions

Monday, January 6th, 2014
Whew, the Christmas season is exhausting! The tree is still up, suitcases sit full of dirty laundry, and new toys are strewn from one end of the house to the other. (more…)

Sharing the Wealth

Monday, September 30th, 2013
I feel like I am living a version of “Tomatoes Gone Wild.” Our garden has out produced the needs of my family of five. The cupboards, pantry, storage closet, and freezer are full of garden fresh goodness preserved for winter meals, especially anything and everything tomato based. (more…)

The Trick to Harvesting Vegetables at the Perfect Time

Friday, July 12th, 2013
Fresh veggies everywhere! My six year old and I finished picking all of the peas, broccoli, and cauliflower yesterday.  (more…)

First Tomato

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
My three year-old and I were watering the garden and saw something red in the midst of green leaves. We reached in with excitement: our first tomato of the season - yum! Our excitement quickly turned to disappointment as we turned the fruit to see the bottom was rotten. The tomato had blossom-end rot! From experience, I know that this is from a lack of a specific nutrient, calcium. We cannot have a season of blossom-end rot, so I headed to the computer to fix my calcium problem. (more…)

Rescuing Nutrient-Starved Tomatoes

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Today, my garden grew by 80 tomato plants...temporarily! Our school plant sale ended weeks ago; however, I have been watering the unsold veggies at the school every day since then. I have watched them go from dark green to pale green and yellow. Of course, I turned this into a teachable moment and showed my girls the difference between a healthy tomato plant and one that is weak and sickly looking. It was obvious, the plants were missing something; they were paralyzed in their little pots, just waiting with all of the potential to provide a summer of tomatoes, if given a chance.  At one point, I considered throwing them in the compost pile just to put them out of their misery and get rid of the water chore. However, I could not bear to let them go to waste! (more…)

Gardening: You Reap What You Sow!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Between potty training, laundry (which I have decided breeds and multiplies in the laundry basket), and answering the dreaded “I’m hungry” plea, I have little time to keep up with current events. Thankfully, I have direct access to the computer and subscribe to my favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs. I don’t get to read all of them, but if I do find a moment of silence, I am a click away from being caught up. (more…)

Top 10 Reasons to take your family to the farmers market

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Geesh!! I'm so tired of watering and not getting any results! This has been a very frustrating gardening season! I am embarrassed at the small amount of produce I have been able to harvest. I have yet to pick a tomato! I am not alone in this matter, other fellow gardeners are venting the same frustrations. (more…)

How to identify and remove tomato horn worms

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
“That is humongous!” my four- year-old exclaimed as I held up a tomato horn worm.  I agree, they are humongous; I might also describe them as the grossest thing I will ever find in the garden! I broke off the stem it was chewing on, so that I wouldn’t have to touch the horrid caterpillar. These horn worms nibble on my tomato plants every year. Fortunately, this year I found them before they shredded the entire plant. (more…)

How to Plant and Fertilize Tomatoes

Friday, May 27th, 2011
As you may recall in March I started tomato seeds inside. I wanted to prove to myself that I could successfully start plants from seed. I often hear master gardeners talk about their seed starting success; I guess I wanted to be just like them. Ha!! (more…)