All New Square Foot Gardening

Nature has already taught some vines to climb. You basically just need to plant the seeds and watch them go!

of the winter squashes got so heavy I was afraid late summer storms would blow over the whole contraption. It depends on how strong the ground rods are and how tough the soil is. But if your frame is located outside the box and the ground rod is pounded into your existing soil, it would require bending the rebar, or the electrical conduit, before the frame would come down.

Tomatoes

The most popular home garden vegetable is tomatoes, and when you're vertical gardening the SFG way, there are a few things you can do to increase your yields.

Vertical Gardening

Tomatoes and the Single Stem Method

The theory behind pruning to one single stem is that all the energy goes straight up the main stalk, and you will have more tomatoes per square foot than if you allow it to put energy into branching out. That means you have to cut off the branches, and the best time to do it is when they're tiny. Unfortunately, most gardeners don't. They look so small and cute, and as they grow bigger and bigger, they begin to take on the appearance of a productive plant and it becomes hard to cut them back.

To help convince you to prune off those suckers, remember that the nice thing about them is once you prune them, you can root them, and they can become another plant for a late crop.

No matter how large the sucker or side branch, you can stand it in a glass of water and transplant that into the ground as soon as the roots sprout. Or, you can stick those suckers in a cup of vermiculite, and keep that in a saucer of water, and they will also sprout roots. They are great, free plants for a late harvest for canning, juice, or preserving.

Get in the habit of inspecting and pruning your tomato plants once a week to a single stem, and weave the top in and out of the netting. At the same time, check the overall appearance of the plant to make sure you have no tomato worms visiting.

Lay Tomatoes Down

Since a tomato plant can sprout new roots along its main stem, I have found that the best way to plant the main crop of tomatoes is to lay them down horizontally in a shallow trench. They will develop an enormous number of roots, all along that hairy stem, which will sustain a larger, more productive plant. Pick your best-looking plants, and pinch or cut off the lower leaves (at least two or three) so you have a tall skinny plant ready to plant in a lay-me-down position.

To do this, you first locate the square foot it's going to be in, take your hand or a trowel, and dig out a long shallow trench, perhaps 3 or 4 inches deep in the middle of the square and as long as your tomato plant is. Make the trench long enough so you can lay down the plant with the root ball at one end. Dig a little deeper for the root ball and then lay the stem on the bottom of the trench. At the other end where the top is (remember you cut off most of the lower leaves), very, very carefully bend the top so it starts pointing up. You can take the Mel's Mix, and push it underneath that bent top to act as a pillow (see, this is really a bed), and if you're very gentle, you'll end up with the top sticking out of the soil at a slight angle. It does not have to point straight up; it just has to be aboveground. Fill in the rest of the trench and water well.

manageable, enjoyable, and bountiful than I'd ever imagined."

—Manja from Oregon

How To Can Tangy Tomatoes

How To Can Tangy Tomatoes

Interested In Canning Juicy Tomatoes? Here's How You Can Prepare Canned Tomatoes At Home. A Comprehensive Guide On Tomato Canning. The process of canning tomatoes at home has been a family tradition with many generations. Making home canned or home tinned tomatoes is something that is remembered by families for years! You must have surely seen your granny canning tomatoes at home in order to prepare for the approaching winters. In winters, one is usually unsure of getting fresh tomatoes.

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