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Staking Tomato Plants

Green Roma Tomato

This weekend a neighbor and gardening cohort came over to see about the garden. His presence is always welcome and especially so this weekend. While here he gave us some tips on staking plants. We recently visited our local nursery / local small business to obtain some information and materials to stake our tomato plants, one of which has grown taller than me. This is not all that hard to do. But for a tomato plant that came to us as a little plant-ling that stood just above our ankles it is impressive to see.

Pictured above is the traditional pole like stake along with the round cage (red) used for staking plants. Some plants like tomatoes and beans can be climbers but their vines alone can not support the fruit they bare, so staking helps give the plant the extra support it need to grow and bare fruit. Our tomato and bean plants will climb up these stakes and cages as they grow tall and hopefully produce a bountiful harvest.

As you can see from the beautiful, yet very rounded, Roma tomato some of the tomato plants already have tomatoes on them. This one fell off while we were staking the plants. So, we said oh well. We guess we will have to eat that one. As you can see it is on the window seal for ripening. As always we want to give a huge thank you to all of our supporters and enthusiasts. We love it when you come visit! Have you been to visit our community garden? If not, when do you plan to visit? Will you bring a friend along with you? We hope so. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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San Marzano Tomato: The Review

San Marzano Tomato

San Marzano tomatoes originate from the small town of San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples, Italy, and were first grown in volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Italy is known for doing many things well from architecture to art. Food is no exception. Certainly Tomatoes are no exception. The San Marzano Tomato is a Roma Tomato variety. Italians take their tomatoes seriously. After tasting a Roma Tomato you can see why. Do you like tomatoes? What is your favorite tomato? Do your own taste test and post a comment about it. What did you think? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep Sharing!

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Tomato Plants Progress

Roma Tomato Plant

How they have grown! San Marzano and Roma Tomato have come a long way. These two tomato plants were sown several times before they survived and grew up into small plants. We believe that we had a Vole eating them from under ground and up rooting them from their mounds. We have since put in a sonic Vole and Mole repellent, which is not only Organic but is Environmentally friendly. After we installed this sonic centered repellent many of our troubles in the garden went a away. Many of the seeds we sowed directly into the ground have yet to sprout but these plants will surprise you with what they will do. Both San Marzano and Roma Tomato plants are growing up big and tall and have over come many pest attacks. Though sometimes it looked hopeless we have remained true to our Organic pursuits. There is still much we have to learn but, we have used no chemicals in the production and growth of our foods.

Our beginnings have been humble and we have learned a lot along the way. We want you to know how possible this journey is for anyone! Have you considered growing your own foods? Have you considered starting your own garden? Do you want to grow a garden without foods: a flower garden? Have you always wished you could have your own garden but something is holding you back? Someone once said a goal is best broken down into manageable and smaller goals. Write down your primary goal and then the smaller goals you will have to accomplish in order to achieve your primary goal. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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How is the Garden?

As you already know, one of the number one questions we get is: how is the garden? This question helped to encourage this site. The answer is a lot of good things are happening in the garden. While we still are keeping our eye out for slugs, snails and flies, for the most part they seem to be under control. But, Mother Nature is always full of surprises. So we will be keeping our eyes peeled. We have seen a few snails here and there. They are tricky because you do not always know what is in the shell. We currently have been treating the garden with the Organic Pest remedy: Oatmeal. Stay tuned for updates on if this Organic Remedy for snails is effective.

The Vole seems to have been taken care of. We have seen no more signs of eaten leaves although there are still a few flies around. The ants however seem to be our most difficult pest. We have been doing a regimen of ground black pepper and water solution, fertilizer for the plants health, marigold flowers (which ants dislike) and Neem Oil, all which should help. Some help more than others. Overall our Organic Remedies have worked although the verdict is still out on the ants, snails and slugs.

Our Roma Tomatoes, San Marzano Tomatoes, Squash, Pumpkin, Sugar Baby Water Melon and Green Bean Plants are all doing very well. They have developed root systems and have begun multiplying their leaves and growing tall. We believe a Vole was causing a lot of havoc in the garden. Now that we have addressed that problem the garden seems to be taking off. Two of our bean plants have been leaning over. Their stalks are very tall, lean and can normally bear the weight of its fruit (beans) thus far. However, we identified two bean plants that needed some additional support so; we staked them with a few wooden paint stirrers that we got from the paint section for free. We will still have to keep our eyes open for flies, snails and slugs so they do not eat the leaves and the harvest. We thus continue to treat the plants with Neem Oil (an Organic Pest Remedy).

Have you started a garden? Do you have house plants? Send us pictures and leave us a comment telling us all about it. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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