You Say Tom-A-To; I’ll Say Tom-ahhhhh-To!

The Perfect Tomato

No, these aren’t tomatoes that we grew last season, but we had some that came darned close!  We planted some grape tomatoes that absolutely over-took our wooden garden boxes.  And..we tended to a couple patio tomato plants grown in five-gallon containers.

They did well until the weather turned hot.  It’s tough to keep the soil moist when it’s in a plastic container (above the surface of the ground).

Live and Learn:  We decided to plant two tomato plants  (container and all) near the edge of our patio.  Bingo!  That worked perfectly.  They were much easier to keep moist and they produced fruit all the way to frost.

I can remember the tomato plants that my grandpa had in his garden.  Wow!  They were tall and full of beautiful tomatoes.  He would pound in an eight-foot wooden stake when he set out his plants.  As they grew taller, he’d ‘sucker’ them and tie them to the stake with cotton twine.  They were amazing.

The man down the street, Mr. Eaton, would train his tomato plants using the single vine method.  Almost all the auxiliary stems were removed and the main stem was tied to a stake.  They looked almost naked to me.  But…this method allowed plenty of sunshine in to ripen his prize tomatoes.  They were HUGE.

Matt and I have plans for several tomato plants in our garden.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress!



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2 Responses to “You Say Tom-A-To; I’ll Say Tom-ahhhhh-To!”

  1. candace April 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Tomatoes are the number one priority in my garden. Nothing beats a garden grown, sun ripened tomato. :)

    • Mike April 12, 2011 at 5:33 am #

      @Candace – Amen! I am a tomato FREAK. And I completely agree: there is nothing that compares to a home-grown tomato. I’m looking forward to a bumper crop this season. Thanks for the comment!