Food-Gardening: Get a Natural Start with Tomatoes!
It's time to plant the summer veggie garden! Haven’t joined the food-gardening craze sprouting all over the region? Now’s a great time. Stores and farmer’s markets are bursting with veggie starts, helping consumers stretch their dollars further with homegrown organic edibles. Metro’s Natural Gardening Specialist, Carl Grimm, shows how to get your homegrown green on with the ever-popular tomato and other terrific edibles.
What can you plant right now? Almost anything you can think of – from eggplants, peppers and beans to squash and cucumbers. You can seed corn, peas, pumpkins, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce, radish, carrots, and more. But let’s talk about America’s favorite garden plant: the tomato.
How do you know which tomatoes to grow?
How do you prepare the soil for veggies?
How do you plant tomato starts?
What about pests and watering?
For slug-susceptible seedlings – peas and lettuce, for example – use a copper barrier such as cutoff deli tubs with copper tape attached. Other options include iron phosphate bait, which keeps slugs at bay during seedling time. It’s nearly nontoxic to pets and people, but should still be used with caution.
Remember, you can grow a gorgeous, delicious garden without toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Protect the ones you love by making your yard a pesticide-free zone and gardening naturally.
To learn more, grab your free spot on Metro’s popular Gardens of Natural Delights tours. Register now by calling 503-234-3000.