Home And Gardening

Home and gardening. Gardening is old, but yet today it is new to thousands of people, who seek not only food but the peace of one with nature and the earth.

Present day 2000, has seen a moving of people from the big cities, to the rural areas, for one reason or another. With this move, comes the age old longing to grow a garden, fresh vegetables, fruits, to be one with nature.

My husband and I have grown a garden for 30 years now on one-half acre of ground, we like to call it God's Little Acre. It has yielded many good things to our family, seen us through hard times, and good.

Our first endeavor was our favorite, the tomato. When we planted our first garden, I ask my husband,"How hard could it be, you stick the plant in the ground and it grows and gives food." How wrong I was.

Green House tomato plants:

1 When you go to your garden center or green house to purchase tomato plants, look for very green stems, and leaves, and a stout stem. Check for diseases on the leaves, and I must tell you don't purchase a big tall plant, and expect to get early tomatoes, I experimented with planting a big tomato plant beside of a small plant, same variety, and they both beared at the same time.

2 Hardening Off: when you bring your plants home they will need to be set outside for a couple of days, so they can adjust to the outside tempertures.

3 Planting time: When you get ready to set out your tomato plant, remove the two seed leaves at the bottom of the stem, they are no longer needed. You will need to know and follow frost dates for your area. My husband and I didn't check the frost date, and planted to early, and ended up planting our garden over.

4 Trench: Dig a trench about 4 to 6 inches deep, for the plant, I also put into my hole 1 tablespoon of fertilizer-5-10-10, is a good one, and also put in 1 teaspoon of Espon Salts, it helps keep plants from rotting. Don't set your plant directly on mixture, put a little dirt over mix, and put plant in.

5 If you aren't going to be stakeing your tomato plants, then plant 3 feet apart.

6 Watering: Water the first week after setting out , early morning, or late evening, also use mircle growth every week, we use one tablespoon to a gallon of water.

7 Tilling: When you till around your plants keep a distance of 6 inches away from the plants or you may damage them.

8 Varieties: There are alot of good ones, we have had a lot of success with Early Girls, Better Boys, and Redheart, these have a good disease resistence.

9 Diseases:

1 Potato Blight: or also called(late blight)starts at the bottom leaves of the tomato plant and spreads upward, it has brown concenric spots on the leaves, these spots finally kill the leaves and then spread to the tomato vines where it spreads from the vine to the tomato causing a small sunken place on the tomato, the tomato rottens. You can try a Blight Spray. they help to control the disease, if it hasn't taken a good hold on the plant.

2 Early Blight: which is the same as late Blight,except early blight attacks young plants, causing smaller fruits and the plants die earlier.

3 Precautions: Keep a clean and weed free garden, make sure you have good air circulation around your plants.

4 Pull up all diseased plants, and burn them away from the garden.

5 Crop Rotating is a good idea, move your plants each year to different locations in the garden.

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