A Tomato Primer for Your Survival Garden

Practically everybody who gardens grows tomatoes. Do you have tomato plants thriving in your survival garden? If you didn’t start tomato plants yourself, you can get plants from a local garden center or nursery.

Tomatoes are part of what makes gardening fun. There are too many tomato varieties to keep track of these days. But there are a few basics you need to know that will help you grow better tomatoes.

For example, do you know the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes? Do you know the difference between hybrid and open pollinated plants?

There are also several ways you can grow tomatoes. Should you stake or cage them? Some people are growing tomato plants upside down. It’s becoming more popular. There’s no need for staking, and your tomatoes won’t touch the ground.

No matter how you grow your tomatoes, the May/June 2010 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” has an article I think you’ll enjoy. Here’s an excerpt. A link to the full article follows.

Tomatoes, the essential garden crop

By Charles Sanders

Tomatoes are one of the most favored of all garden crops. They originated in South America, but in the early 1500s were taken back to Italy. Today, many people believe that Italy is the true home of the tomato. It is certainly home to some very good tomato varieties.

Wherever they originated, nothing says summer quite like a thick slice of fresh tomato covering a hot-off-the-grill hamburger. During the cold months of January and February, a glass of home canned tomato juice will bring back those visions of warmer weather. The thick chunks of home canned tomatoes in your bowl of chili may just set your mind to planning your next year’s crop.

Read the whole article here: http://www.backwoodshome.com/tomatoes-the-essential-garden-crop/

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
http://www.backwoodshome.com (541)247-8900.

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.