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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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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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.

Botanical name:

Plant type: Vegetable

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Any

Soil pH: Neutral


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Asparagus

Botanical name: Asparagus officinalis

Plant type: Vegetable

Sun exposure: Part Sun

Soil type: Sandy

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic to Neutral

Asparagus is a perennial bulb and stem vegetable that greets us every spring. It may take 2 to 3 years to get started and produce, so patience is needed! But then the plant can be productive up to 20 years, so we think it’s worth the wait.

Asparagus has male and female plants, with the female plants producing berries. Regions with cool winters are best for this cool-season crop.

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Backyard Vegetable Garden

Simple Maintenance: doing less, expecting more

A backyard vegetable garden should be an asset, not a burden. Watering, weeding, fertilizing and similar chores can be kept to a minimum if the beds are properly prepared and well-mulched. Low-maintenance gardens are the only way to keep the fun in gardening, and low-maintenance techniques can also lead to increased yields from your plants.

basic seasonal needs – an understanding of the three essential elements during a crop’s life-cycle will ensure that your vegetables have the right nutrients at each stage of development.

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