Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 18
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
End of the Summer – a Great Time to Save!
Gardener’s Supply is having its end-of-season clearance sale – 35% off garden supplies, kitchen and home, pots and planters … and more. Check out the deals!
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FEATURE: 3 Tips for Growing Fall Tomatoes
Fall tomatoes are a second crop planted in mid-summer. They produce fruit until frost.
There are 3 important keys to growing late tomatoes successfully.
- 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
date in your area …
Get more details for growing second season tomatoes in the fall …
and check out more inspiration on our Pinterest board.
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Tomato Growing Tip: Which Tomato Varieties Should You Plant for Second Season?
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Make Your Own Compost This Fall
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.
And you don’t need to pay top dollar for this amazing soil enricher. You can create your own compost right in your backyard using simple kitchen and garden refuse.
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
rinds, and grass clippings become transformed into rich compost filled with earthworms and other soil creatures, you'll help re-use resources that you might otherwise throw away. Check out dozens of different kinds of compost bin models offered to Tomato Dirt readers from our friends at Gardener’s Supply – and choose the one that works best for you.
More Tips for Growing Second Season Tomatoes
That’s it for now. More next time.
Until then, happy gardening!