Dirty garden talk


The Everything Garden Expo, now underway in my town, was an inspiration. and I got to “talk dirty” with some of our region’s expert gardeners.


For one, I learned that container gardening may be the best way to go for folks like me who don’t have much space.  So I came home and got my pots ready. I’m dreaming of the perfectly ripe tomato, still warm from the sun.  I also harvested some baby greens from my wheel barrow.

Fresh home-grown tomatoes are the reason many gardeners get into vegetable gardening in the first place.  They are incredibly good for us, packing plenty of fiber, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium and Vitamins A, B6 and C along with the antioxidant lycopene. 

If you’re thinking of planting a “salad pot” , your container need to be at least 18-inches deep for indeterminate tomatoes – those than never stop growing until first frost.  For determinate varieties (most cherries and shrub tomatoes) 8-12 inches is okay.  One tomato per pot, please.

I like to plant one tomato in center of pot and surround it with sweet basil and parsley.  Voila, salad in a pot.

And for all you doubting Thomases who insist we must wait until Good Friday to plant, Rick Snyder, the Expo’s tomato expert, said the time to plant was yesterday.,

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