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    Posted on March 1st, 2011 Pam No comments

    This week’s favorite vegetable is the Champion Bush Tomato.

    It is the best bearing tomato I know of here in Eastern Idaho.
    I had a plant last year that had over 30 tomatoes on it, and very little vine. I planted some inside of tires and the vines and tomatoes just layed on the tires.

    They didn’t need tomato cages and no need to stake them either. This year 80% of my large tomatoes will be Champion Bush. Try them, you will be pleasantly surprised. Also, a big plus for this tomato, there is no need to trim very many of the un-needed branches and stems. The tomatoes below have not been trimmed.

    In this picture, you can see that there are lots of tomatoes on this plant.

    In this picture, you can see the tire, and how it helps the tomatoes stay clean and off the ground.

  • The root of the matter

    Posted on March 22nd, 2010 Pam No comments

    Do you know how long roots can get? Well I was shocked to find out that the huarango tree that grows in Peru has the longest roots in the world extending to 80 meters (over 250 feet).
    But as you can see from the picture below, a tomato plant has pretty long roots too. I pulled this extra one up from some that I am starting in the house. I was very surprised at the size of the root. This tomato plant is about 2 weeks old. The root is as long as the stem, aproximately 3″ long.

    The reason I am showing this picture to you is to remind you that just because the soil is dry on top, the plant may not need water because the roots go deeper than we think. We want to encourage the plant to have long roots and to search for water well below the top of the soil. In short, water deep and less often.

    A good test to check to see if your plants need water is to get a handful of soil from 4″ to 6″ deep in the ground. Squeeze it and if it breaks apart easily, the plant needs water, if it forms a ball and leaves mud on your hand, the ground is still wet and your plant probably does not need water.

    This is a good test to see if your ground can be worked, too. You can drop the ball you have formed on the ground, if it breaks apart you can usually work your ground. If you dig or work your soil when it is too wet you can pack it down so much you create cloddy, compacted soil. And when you plant your plants, much needed air can’t get to the roots. If you have worked with clods, you know it is much harder to work the ground in your garden.