Growing tomatoes in raised beds is becoming an increasing popular option for home gardeners. It’s one of the easiest and practical approaches to tomato gardening. You don’t need to be a master builder or even handy with tools to set up raised beds, either. (Read more.)
Raised beds provide better drainage for plants and a higher fruit yield. Plus, they’re convenient. You don’t have to bend over as much to work the soil. And raised beds keep your yard neat.
Select an edging material that is long-lasting so you can grow tomatoes year after year. Chose from all kinds of edging materials. Both Burpee and Gardener's Supply have a wide variety of affordable, lasting raised bed components.
Tomato Dirt Recommends Sites for Tomato SeedsHeirloom and OP (open-pollinated) Tomato Varieties
Hybrid Tomato Varieties
January’s Tomato Tip:
Zones 9 & 10: Start seeds indoors in early to mid January
Zone 8: Start seeds indoors in early February
Zone 7: Start seeds indoors in mid February
Zone 6: Start seeds indoors in late February
Zone 5: Start seeds indoors in early March
Zones 1-4: Start seeds indoors in mid to late March
Get more info about when to start your tomato seeds.
That’s it for now. See you next month!
Until then, happy gardening!
Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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P.S. As you choose which tomato varieties to grow in 2012, make sure you consider which ones grow best in your climate. Check out these tomato variety lists to help.