Tomatomania! A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen

Planting tomatoes and organic gardening go hand in hand, but tomatoes can present their own set of challenges to even a seasoned gardener. Learn some tricks and techniques to make the popular plant thrive in your backyard garden.

  • Dig a little. Carry your shovel with you as you look for new tomato-growing opportunities.
    Photo courtesy Staci Valentine
  • Do what farmers do: Rotate your crops. Prepare multiple spaces, or heck, multiple pots, that can host different combinations of vegetables in successive years. This is how you keep soil healthy and grow terrific produce.
    Photo courtest Staci Valentine

Excerpt from the book of the same name released in January 2015 by St. Martin's Press.

OK, so you’re a farmer now … well then, tomato farmer, let’s start at the very beginning. Where will you plant your tomatoes? Simple enough question, right?

Faced with that question, many of you seasoned veterans will trot right out and point to your usual summer garden spot — the one now covered with weeds — and call it a day. But remember, just because that plot is the sunniest, or a safe distance from the trampoline, doesn’t mean tomato plants are going to love it there again this season.

Let me ask you this: How was your harvest last year? How many years have you grown tomatoes in that space? It might be time for a change.

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