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                          Hanging Tomato Planters Let Anyone Have a Tomato Garden
                                                                 By J Ruppel



   Tomato gardening is just about the favorite type of vegetable gardening going. Almost anyone will
enjoy fresh tomatoes. But many are without access to a garden, so in order to get those fresh
tomatoes they need to try something a little non traditional. The most popular is a hanging tomato
planter. Let's look at the advantages.

 If you live in an apartment or townhouse, and still want to enjoy fresh tomatoes, probably the easiest
way is to use a hanging tomato planter. Hanging planters can be put on a porch, or a balcony, or even
a patio. They make it easy to get to your tomatoes even if you have a vegetable garden. And it's
become increasingly popular over the last several years to grow tomatoes upside down, which has a
lot of the same advantages as the traditionally hanging planter. Let's look a the pros and cons of using
growing tomatoes in a hanging planter.

 No Staking - The tomatoes are hanging from the planter, you have no need to stake them, or bother
with any other types of support other than the planter hanger. For some indeterminate types of
tomatoes, you may find you need to trim them to keep them off the ground, but no stakes. This is a real
advantage, and it makes getting to the tomatoes that much simpler when they are hanging free in the
air and not lying hidden on the ground.

 Soil Borne Pests - With the tomato plants hanging in the air, you have almost no problems with slugs
and other soil borne pests.

 Soil Borne Disease - In a planter the soil is replaced often, often with a soilless mix, so problems with
diseases carried over in the soil are eliminated. One other source of problems with disease is that
normally it's common that the water splashes the soil up on the leaves of the plant when you water and
the disease gets to the plant this way. With the bulk of the plant hanging down from the planter the
possibility of water splashing up is largely removed.

 Improved Air Circulation - Since the tomato plants are suspended in the air, you get a lot better air
circulation. This results in improved pollination, fewer disease problems and higher yields.

 Weeds - Basically, with fresh soil and a small surface, weeds are pretty much eliminated. In addition,
for an upside down planter the surface where the weeds would grow is opposite the surface the tomato
plant sticks out of.

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 Location - The beauty of container gardening is that you can do it almost everywhere, like the porch,
patio, or apartment balcony. It's great to have your tomatoes right outside the kitchen door even if you
have a vegetable garden out in the back yard.

 There are a few potential problems with hanging tomato planters. You want to make sure you are
using the right varieties of tomatoes for the planter size you are using. They can be a little heavy, so
there are some tips for filling them. In addition, some things like watering need special attention...

See more about hanging tomato planters including upside down tomato planters at
http://tomato-tips.com/more-hanging-planters.html




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                                                For A Thriving Tomato Garden
                                                         By Mark Sheppler



 Do you dream of fresh tomatoes from your own garden? Following are some general steps, tools and
necessary conditions necessary to establish a thriving tomato garden.

Your Tomato Garden Materials and Tools

If you want a thriving tomato patch, you will need compost to fertilize your soil. You know of course
that the top soil has nutrients that were byproducts of natural decay. These nutrients make any plant
thrive and your tomatoes are no different. The compost replaces the depleted top soil.

You must also have a garden fork to rake the compost over your garden plot, you must have a tiller to
loosen up the soil, you must have some material to support your tomato vines, and you must have
some rope or twine to tie or affix your tomato vine to its support.

Specific Conditions

First of all, you should be careful about watering your tomato garden. Your soil must not retain too
much water and it must be drained of excess moisture. The soil must also be basic with around 6 to
6.8 pH level.

Next, plant your tomatoes during seasons most conducive to their healthy growth. In countries with
cold weather, it is best to plant tomatoes after the season of snow. In hot climates on the other hand, a
drop in the location’s temperature after the wet season or fall will be most suitable.

Third, a healthy dose of sunlight is a definite requirement for red, sweet tomatoes. Your tomatoes
need from 6 to 8 hours of sun exposure everyday to flourish. It is best to plant your tomatoes in a
greenhouse where they are protected from the elements yet receive ample sunlight.

Tomato Planting Procedures

First, you must prepare the tomato vine transplants. You must expose these tomato younglings
gradually to outdoor conditions. A little bit of sun everyday should suffice. Do not drown them with
water.

When your tomato plants have grown enough to survive on their own, prepare the soil by mixing in the
compost. The testing of the soil’s pH must then be accomplished and adjusted if need be.

To transplant, I often remove lower leaves and plant deeper. Tomatoes will root in along the stem.
Give the plants some warm water to help ease integration. As the roots develop, protect the stem by
improvising a collar, construct your support and firmly attach your tomato vines to their support with
some twine.

The tomato fruits will be ready for harvesting six to eight weeks after planting. It is said that tomatoes
harvested straight from the vines taste best. If some tomatoes are still green after the 6 to 8-week time
period, you can pick them, too, so you can make some pickled or fried green tomatoes.


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Mark Sheppler is a handyman and home improvement writer.  When not working in the house
he enjoys Gardening around the house. http://www.gardentalkonline.com




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