There’s a simple reason: sturdy durability.
If you grow tomatoes every year, then you’ll want to consider investing in tomato cages that last.
Do all you can to avoid those little cone tomato cages (tomato baskets) sold at discount department stores and home improvement centers. Sure, they’re cheap … and flimsy. Their tines bend easily. They work only for the smallest tomato plants and don’t withstand strong rains and thunderstorms. The interior support rings are quick to break out when fruit gets heavy. Even if your tomatoes only grow to half their expected size (which likely won’t happen if you read Tomato Dirt!), your plants will quickly overpower the cone cages.
Tomato bags: do they really work for growing container tomatoes?Yep. Tomato bags – if you choose the high-quality version – work really, really well for growing tomatoes. Bags made of flimsy plastic will give weaker results.
The best tomato bags come in two sizes. (As always, when it comes to growing tomatoes in containers, the bigger the pot, the better.)
The Tomato Grow Bags from Gardener’s Supply are square. They hold 73 quarts (18.25 gallons). Each side is 14 ½ inches. The height is 16 inches.
Both are made of felt-like, double-layer polypropylene instead of sheet plastic … (continued here)
Tomato of the Month: San Marzano Tomatoes
This month, check out San Marzano Tomatoes. They are a household name when it comes to making tomato sauce and are also particularly suitable for preparing peeled tomatoes, canned tomatoes, dried tomatoes, or tomato purée.
But San Marzanos also have a colorful history and origin. And some aficionados insist that these tomatoes are only legit if they’re grown in a certain place. Is it true? Read on …
June's Tomato Tip: Watering TomatoesTomato Dirt’s largest number of page hits during the last two weeks have been from gardeners searching for information on watering their tomatoes. So here you go – 3 tips this month instead of just one - on healthy tomato watering.
3 easy tomato watering tips:
Read these Frequently Asked Questions about watering tomatoes to make sure your tomato patch gets off to healthy start this year!
That’s it for now. See you next month!
Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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