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[Tomato Dirt #241] Make Next Tomato Season Easier By Taking These Quick Notes Now
October 21, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 22

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.

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FEATURE: Make Next Tomato Season Easier By Taking These Quick Notes Now

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As the end of season approaches, take notes about your tomato garden. You will be glad you did come next spring.Your personal gardening notes may be the most valuable resource you can rely on for next year’s crop (followed by Tomato Dirt as a close second, of course!)

Where you put your notes does not really matter. Use a notebook, computer file, gardening journal, or whatever place works for you.

What kind of notes you take will be unique to you, too. For instance, maybe you planted only one or two tomato varieties … but perhaps your climate had considerable weather swings this year. Meanwhile your sister, who lives 3 states away, planted 10 types of tomatoes and her region had a consistent weather pattern. Her tomato garden notes will look different from yours.

Refer to the checklist here or download your own copy to take notes about your tomato crop and pieces of information you want to remember for next year. You can even make copies for each tomato variety you planted. Fill out the checklist and keep it in your garden notebook so you have a head start next spring!

Read the full end of season tomato checklist here … and be sure to check out our Garden Clean Up Pinterest board for more helpful information.

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

Start a compost bin 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 Making Next Season Easier

10 Great Reasons to Save Tomato SeedsA Guide for Composting Through All 4 Seasons How to Extend Your Harvest of Homegrown Tomatoes Fall Garden Clean Up: The Basics

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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