15 Fun Ideas for Growing Tomatoes

1. Be Cagey

Healthy tomato plants may sprawl or grow into vigorous vines. Contain them in a cage or train them to a trellis to keep fruits off the ground and make harvesting easier. Galvanized wire tomato cages are a quick and easy solution. However, they may not be large or sturdy enough to support rampant growth. Check out the rest of the slide show for more great ideas on how to tame your tomatoes. Add a few herbs to complement your tomatoes.

2. Call in Reinforcements

Heavy-gauge concrete reinforcing wire makes a sturdy tomato cage. Cut a length of wire about 5 feet long to make into a cylinder about 18 inches in diameter. Overlap the cut ends and wire them together to make the cage. Wide openings in the mesh make it easy to reach through for picking.

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Aquaponic Gardening: Growing Fish and Vegetables Together

What if I told you that you could catch fish for dinner right in your own backyard? And if you did, what if I told you that right up until you caught those fish, they were growing the veggies for the rest of your dinner? Would you believe me? You should! This is all withinreach using a new style of gardening called aquaponics.

Aquaponics is, at its most basic level, the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water and without soil) together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides organic food for the growing plants and the plants naturally filter the water in which the fish live. The third and fourth critical, yet invisible actors in this symbiotic world are the beneficial bacteria and composting red worms.

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Commercial Aquaponics: 10 Things to Consider Before Taking the Plung

I feel the need to talk about commercial aquaponics because recently there have been three important news stories about its potential. Two of them (‘Industrial Organic Aquaponics: Like Industrial Organic Agriculture but Better’ and ‘Fish Farms, With a Side of Greens’) were quite positive, describing the potential of commercial aquaponic facilities in urban areas, mainly by focusing their lens on Sweetwater Organics in Milwaukee.

The third (‘Aquaponics Businesses Grow, but Profits Prove Hard to Reap’) however, focused on a commercial basil grower in Hawaii who is having difficulty finding a market for his produce because so many aquaponic farms are now operating there and serving a relatively small resident population.

These three articles really struck me because when I discovered this amazing growing technique called aquaponics, the first thought I had was to start a commercial aquaponics operation. This led me to months of researching, analyzing, and interviewing before I finally concluded that commercial aquaponics just wasn’t the right direction for me. However, I learned a lot along the way and I’d like to pass some of my lessons learned on to you just in case you are considering the same idea.

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Bird Feeder DIY – Embellish Your Garden

Every year I try to make my garden stand out. This year I wanted birds in my garden, to hear their trills every morning i wake up.

What better idea than a bird feeder? I started looking for ideas and in a few clicks time i found my project. If this is your first woodworking project, you need to really take the time to look for the easiest/nicest bird feeder you can make. Now back to my project …. after a few more clicks into gardening hacks, i found out another interesting fact!

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Can Do! Preserving Keeps the Garden Goodness Going

With the right preserving techniques, you can enjoy garden-fresh fruits and vegetables for a very long time.

If you find yourself with a larger yield of fruits and vegetables than you can consume  or poor weather threatens and you need to harvest large amounts at once –– there are plenty of ways to minimize waste.

Surplus vegetables can be reliably stored in various different ways to keep for the leaner winter months. Many can be cooked and used to make chutneys, pickles and preserves, which will allow you to enjoy them long after harvesting. Store some vegetables chopped or whole, either pickled in vinegar or brine or blanched and frozen. If you have the equipment, many crops can be used to make delicious homemade wines in a matter of months, such as parsnips and rhubarb.

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A great source of organic gardening fertilizer

Sometimes finding оrganic gardening fertilizer that is truely оrganic, at a reasоnable cоst and that’s user friendly can be quite a prоblem. Sоmetimes tо get genuine sоlutiоns, we have tо check nоt in the package but in the nearest pond supply store. There is anоther fоrm оf оrganic farming that prоtects the soil from erosion, while reducing the tоtal amоunt оf time and wоrk spent with gardening.

What I am speaing frankly abоut is called aquapоnics. A biоlоgical ecоsystem is created by aquapоnics tо grоw yоur plants in, that supplies natural natural fertilizer tо the plants quickly. It dоes this by incоrpоrating fish with plants. Fish are a fantastic sоurce оf plant nutrients created by their wastes. These wastes are excreted straight intо the water where they’re quickly absоrbed by plants. By circulating water thrоugh a develоpment bed where the plant rооts are, the plants get all оf the water and оrganic nutrients they need.

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Benefits Of Raised Bed Gardening

Unless you’re living in the country and have room for a large garden, I highly recommend raised bed gardens because they’re far easier to deal with. There are many benefits of raised bed gardening, especially if the only space you have is in your backyard. It’s also the best method if you’re new to gardening or don’t have a lot of extra time to devote to your garden.

In this post I’m going to list the benefits of raised bed gardening and hopefully encourage newbies who are intimidated by gardening in general. The picture below shows a typical raised bed garden.

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Benefits Of Aquaponics

Now that you have an understanding of how Aquaponics works, you can probably guess some of the many benefits of such a great system. However, there may be some benefits that you overlooked or never even thought about. The primary reasons people set up this organic sustainable food production method are:

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Cabbage

Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable full of vitamins. It can be difficult to grow; it only likes cool temperatures, and it can be a magnet for some type of pests. By planning your growing season and providing diligent care, you may have two successful crops in one year, both spring and fall. Many varieties are available to suit both your growing conditions and taste preferences.

Botanical name: Brassica oleracea var. capitata

Plant type: Vegetable

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy

Soil pH: Neutral


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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are a member of the cabbage family, and an excellent source of protein and vitamins. They have a long growing season, and are generally more successful when grown for a fall harvest, as they only increase in flavor after a light frost or two.

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Plant type: Vegetable

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Any

Soil pH: Neutral


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