If there’s one vegetable that tops everyone’s garden planning list, it’s the tomato. But growing tomatoes isn’t always simple. First, you have to choose which varieties to grow. Whether you’re perusing seed catalogs or shopping at your garden center, the selection can be daunting.
Then, once you get your seeds or transplants, how can you make sure they grow?
And once the plants establish themselves and you think you’re on your way to a bountiful harvest, you’re hit with unexpected pests and disease.
No, despite what you may have thought, growing tomatoes isn’t without its challenges.
Thankfully, a bumper crop of tomatoes isn’t out of reach. But to get started well, it’s always good to have an expert’s advice on-hand. That’s why when I talked with Mike at the White Harvest Seed Company, I picked his brain on everything tomatoes — from which varieties to choose to how to deal with mid-season pests and diseases.
In this episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, Mike and I talk about:
- favorite tomato varieties
- top 3 recommendations for growing successful tomatoes
- most common pests & diseases and how to deal with them
We also talk about some new seed varieties he’s excited about and of course, one of my favorite garden tools, the Rogue Hoe.
Click below to listen, and scroll down to the show notes for the highlights and links to the varieties he recommends.
Favorite Tomato Varieties:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Green Tomatoes
- Cooking & Canning
- Paste Tomatoes for Canning
- Drought & Heat Tolerant
Top Recommendations for Growing Tomatoes:
- Be patient
- Be consistent
- Be attentive
Most Common Pests & Diseases + Recommendations:
- Tomato Hornworm
- Plant dill, basil, carrots, radishes, and/or lettuce nearby
- Don’t plant next to corn
- Early Blight
- Preventative measure: thick mulch
- Trim foliage to 12″ above the ground
- Neem Oil
- Blossom-end Rot
- Preventative measure: Amend with egg shells, banana peels, epsom salt
Favorite New Seed Varieties this Year
Upcoming Garden Shows where White Harvest Seed Company will be:
Southern Home and Garden Show – Lebanon, TN
FEBRUARY 9 – 10, 2018
Mother Earth News Fair – Belton, TX
FEBRUARY 17 – 18, 2018
Arkansas Flower & Garden Show – Little Rock, AR
MARCH 2 – 4, 2018
Mother Earth News Fair – Topeka, KS
OCTOBER 13 – 14, 2018
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