Source Canning Tomato’s National Center For Food Preservation has more Tomato information and recipes than most of us care to know. Canning and Freezing tomato’s, Salsa, Ketchup, Tomato sauce, Tomato juice, Hot sauce and Barbeque sauce.
In Every garden, a tomato must grow. Know your tomato plants. I have posted about Determinate and Indeterminate tomato plants in the past, but I think it is worth visiting this little known tomato vine fact.
Determinate varieties of tomatoes, often called “bush” tomatoes, are varieties that are bred to grow to a compact height (approx. 4 feet). Then they stop growing, bloom, set fruit on the terminal or top bud and ripen all their crop at or near the same time (usually over a 2 week period), and then die. After fruiting plants should be removed from your garden and if they are other wise healthy put them in your compost pile. Diseased plants should be bagged and sent to your local land fill.
Determinate types may require a limited amount of caging and/or staking for support, they should NOT be pruned or “suckered” as it severely reduces the crop, and they will perform relatively well in a container (minimum size of 5-6 gallon). Some Examples are: Rutgers, Roma, Celebrity (called a semi-determinate by some), and Marglobe.
Indeterminate varieties of tomatoes are also called “vine” tomatoes. They will grow and produce fruit until killed by frost and can reach heights of up to 10 feet although 6 feet is considered more normal. They will bloom, set new fruit and ripen fruit throughout the growing season. Indeterminate types require substantial caging and/or staking for support, pruning and the removal of suckers is practiced by many but is not mandatory. The need for it and advisability of doing it varies from region to region. Experiment and see which works best for you. Because of the need for substantial support and the size of the plants, indeterminate varieties are not usually recommended as container plants. Some Examples are: Big Boy, Beef Master, many “Cherry” types, Early Girl and most heirloom varieties are indeterminate type tomato’s.
Hint – DIY Composting for healthy gardens
University of Missouri Extension has a very useful publication fact sheet covering:
Selecting a compost method
# Wire-mesh holding unit
# Snow-fence holding unit
# Wood and wire three-bin turning unit
# Worm composting bin
# Heap composting
As well as information on constructing your composting unit.
You can’t treat your diseased tomato plants if you don’t know what disease they actually have. The secret to successful tomato growing is to check your plants everyday and start a treatment plan as soon as you see the first signs of a disease or insect problem.
Source document: University of Iowa Also has a great fact sheet on line with photographs and treatments for many common tomato diseases.
You may find what you thought was a disease problem is really an insect infestation. If this is the case take a look at Colorado state University Extension service: Tomato Insect Pests fact sheet for insect identification and controls.
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