Organic Gardening and Tips for Healthy Tomatoes

Hello again my fellow green thumbers, today we’re discussing organic gardening and tomatoes.

(photo: naturalfoodpantry.ca)

For once my tomatoes seem to be doing well—for the most part. After the torrential rains we’ve had of late, one plant didn’t survive the harsh beating.  We received a months worth of rain in one evening in my area, so I can’t complain about it only damaging one plant. Other than that my tomatoes seem healthy and happy.

I have to take into account that this is due to putting into practice of the tips I’ve shared on the Planet Forward blog. As you may know, we have a weekly sustainable tip series were I give ten tips on how to reuse or upcycle everyday household items. Some of tips apply to the garden and this year I decided to try them out.

The first was one came from the blog “10 Easy Ways to Reuse Eggshells.” The tip was “to sprinkle some crushed shells in the bottom of the hole when you plant tomatoes,” as the calcium would help to boost the plants and keep the flowers from drying out. I made sure to wash out the shells with hot water first, to help kill any bacteria in them. I couldn’t break them up into small enough pieces on my own, so I pulsed them in the food processor.  I put the crushed shells into the bottom of about half the tomato plant holes when I was planting and it seems to have given them an extra boost. In fact, the ones with the eggshells produced the early stages of tomatoes before their counterparts.

The second tip I was used was from the blog “10 Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Pantyhose,” where it was suggested to use them as plant ties. I thought this was brilliant idea as the pantyhose are stretchy so they won’t cut into the plant the way traditional rope would. Also, the pantyhose ties are easier to undo and retie as needed. From the time the blog was posted in November, I saved old pantyhose and when it was time to plant I cut them into strips about four inches long and a half-inch wide. To do this I cut out the toe, any seams and the top band, as I didn’t want them to cut into the plant. As soon as I planted the tomatoes, they were staked and tied. The only side effect of using, mostly black pantyhose is that my tomato plants looked like ninjas. I must say the tomato ties have worked out well, as they lived up to their hype. They are easy to tie and untie and best of all they can be reused.

These tips looked promising, I took a chance and they worked out. In fact, these are unique tips that will become garden staples. Thus, when it comes to organic gardening you have to be adventurous and willing to try something new.

If you have any organic gardening tips, tricks or stories please share your experience with us in the comments. Until next time, happy growing.

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5 Comments

  1. idana croweidana crowe08-13-2013

    I add 1 tablespoon of sugar at planting time it is supposed to deter horn-worms, seems to work,as I have last years volunteer tomatoes that have horn worms, while this years plantings do not. I leave the volunteers to the horn worms to promote the hawk moth population. I am also trying selective pruning this year, removing the non tomato producing leaves, and to date the pruning seems to be making the tomatoes larger.

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