Planting, Growing and Harvesting Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)

Planting, Growing and Harvesting Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)

Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are warm-season annuals that grow best when the soil temperature is at least 55°F (12°C) and the air temperature ranges between 65° and 90°F (18-32°C). Tomatoes are commonly grown from seedlings started indoors that are later transplanted into the garden. Tomato seeds are commonly planted indoors as early as 8 to 6 weeks before the average date of the last spring frost. Tomato seedlings are usually transplanted into the garden 1 to 3 weeks after the last frost. If an unexpected frost threatens, transplants must be covered…

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The Basics of Planting and Growing a Vegetable Garden

The Basics of Planting and Growing a Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetable garden is both fun and rewarding. All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener and to do it organically you’ll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are the basics. “Feed the soil” is like a mantra for organic gardeners, and with good reason. In conventional chemical agriculture, crop plants are indeed “fed” directly using synthetic fertilizers. When taken to extremes, this kind of…

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