Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gardening Update: Tomato Terror

by Aly Lewis

Responsible gardener-mother that I am trying to be, this morning I went out to water my seedling-children only to find that it was near impossible to find the baby spinach and strawberry plants beneath the threatening jungle the tomato plant has exploded into. I fear I’ve become one of those parents who gives in to a petulant child’s tantrums with such frequency that I have created a monster. Namely, a tomato terror.

So all of you green thumbed gardeners, I need your help. Do I need to stake the bullying tomato? Face it away from the sun? What is the plant equivalent of a time out? Will the neglected spinach greens and strawberry bud ever fully integrate into natural Earthbox life?

Any and all advice (of the gardening variety) is welcome.

3 comments:

  1. Man, I'm jealous! My tomato plants are being sluggish - I can barely tell they're growing! I'm no garden pro, but maybe it's time to get another Earthbox? It sounds like the tomato plants don't play well with others.:)

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  2. We all share in the common interest of owning tomato plants. I used a wooden spoon this morning to stake mine from falling over due to three beautiful budding tomatoes

    I have two suggestions.

    1. stop watering it.

    2 keep watering it. make shade grown coffee.

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  3. Yes you do have to stake tomato plants! It will keep it healthier too! You should be a proud mama.

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