Choose appropriate varieties. Early-producing varieties, smaller tomatoes, and certain heirlooms set fruit and mature in the shortest time, making them easiest to grow on a limited time frame.
Plant strong seedlings. Late tomatoes are set in the ground at the height of summer heat. They need strong root systems in order to get established. Dense roots help them survive the remaining weeks of a hot summer.
Plant at the right time. Conventional wisdom says to count back 60 days from the last estimated frost
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Compost: there’s a reason it’s called “black gold.” Adding compost to your soil is the single best thing you can do for your plants.
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The best way to do that is by using a compost bin.
Building and maintaining a compost pile is the surest, easiest way to become a better gardener. And it’s great for the environment.
Not only will you be producing the best possible food for your garden, but by watching leaves, eggshells, orange
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