Tweet At the end of last year’s growing season I noticed several volunteer tomato seedlings had started in the raised bed where I had just removed the spent plant that had produced all summer long. Because of my particular love for tomatoes, I couldn’t bear to just let them die, but the cold winds of […]


Tweet Tomatoes are the most popular edible to grow in the urban garden, so it should come as no surprise that we get more questions about growing tomatoes than any other garden plant. One reader contacted us to ask about her precious tomato plants. She was concerned that even though they were producing normally and […]


Tweet Since I first wrote about the discovery that human urine was good for tomato plants, rarely a week goes by that I don’t get some sort of feedback on the issue. From amazement to disgust, everyone has an opinion and most seem to want to share it. Most recently, I have been asked for […]


Tweet Mulch A good layer of mulch under and around your tomato plants will go a long way toward increasing your tomato yield. Apply your mulch 2-3” deep and you will not only help the ground to retain water, you will also avoid diseases that can be caused when heavy rains splash fungus onto the […]


Tweet When it comes to growing tomatoes at home, you just can’t beat the flavor. We already know that growing your own can save you a lot of money as well. One thing that is different with tomatoes than with many other plants in the urban garden is that as they grow and become heavy […]


Tweet One of the most common questions we hear about growing tomatoes has to do with the types of tomatoes, specifically the designation as determinate or indeterminate tomatoes and what they mean. Determinate vs. Indeterminate: What is the difference? The main difference between and determinate tomato and an indeterminate tomato is that the determinate type […]

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TweetPeople often ask why I have such an affinity for heirloom tomatoes – and heirloom seeds in general. The answer is simple, if multi-layered. One of the biggest reasons is the incredible, often unbelievable history that comes along with heirloom plants like Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato, my favorite tomato plant. In the 1930s an […]


How to Grow Tomatoes

by on March 5, 2012

Tweet Tomatoes are a much beloved garden favorite and even those who don’t think they like them are fans of such things as catsup, spaghetti sauce and pizza. It should come as no surprise then that the tomato is the #1 garden plant grown in the United States.You can grow them too, right in your […]


If you are growing your own heirloom tomatoes or buying good quality heirlooms from your local farmers market, you can turn those kitchen scraps into new tomato plants, provided you know just a little about how it all works.