Growing The Perfect Tomato

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I've been searching the blogs for tips on growing tomatoes with little success.  Then a trip to a different Farmer's Market on Sunday, yielded a copy of our regional publication from Edible Communities with an article about tomato hybridizer Fred Hemple, his business and blog Baia Nicchia.   God smiles on the prepared.

Imagine a post that is almost everything you need to know to grow a good tomato.    It's not as easy or as hard it might sound:
if you buy a tomato plant and it produces a bumper crop of tasty tomatoes, there are two reasons – 1) You bought a good variety for your growing situation – a variety capable of producing excellent tomatoes in your area, and 2) You cared for the plant appropriately.
Besides the good advice offered at Baia Nichhia, there are other "tricks" that many use to get a good tomato yield.  I still waffle about pinching off sideshoots (should be done on vining indeterminate plants; doesn't need to be done on bushy determinates, I think...). Caging or staking .. again depends on the variety planted.  Daffodil Lane's garden, even uses the red soil cover that is supposed to improve the quality/quantity of tomatoes.

While researching, I learned that Australian farmers having dramatically increased their yield over the past 10 years, are now discovering that they've lost the flavor. (hmm. sound familiar?) They hope that  increasing the potassium in the soil is the ticket.  Some home gardeners whisper this can done by burying a banana peel at the bottom of each tomato planting hole.

After you've grown that perfect tomato, Fiona Haynes, low-fat cooking guild at, tells the best way to store them:
You have to treat your tomatoes right to enjoy them at their best. Just
as you shouldn’t choose tomatoes from the refrigerated section at the
store, you shouldn’t refrigerate them at home either. Temperatures
below 55 degrees will destroy the flavor of your tomatoes and make them
If some of your tomatoes need ripening, place them in a paper
bag with a banana or an apple for a day or two. The gases from the
fruit will help ripen them.
Now that I've whetted your appetite for this penultimate summer vegetable,  our own Sam of Becks and Posh shared a recipe for new season tomatoes as I was reading about growing them.

photo credit:Seed Savers Exchange

Debra Roby blogs her art at A Stitch in Time and her life at Deb's Daily Distractions .


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