Monday, October 5, 2009

Garden Fresh Tomato Recipes

I love growing tomatoes. They are one of the easiest plants to grow. Every spring we plant tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes and watermelon. We have had years with other vegetables like zucchini, pumpkin, corn, carrots and cabbage. If you have a small garden, don't buy too many tomato plants. They do have a tendency to take over.

Recipes fresh from your garden always taste better than from the store and are much healthy for you. Store bought vegetables (unless organic) have been sprayed with pesticides and may have been handled with unwashed hands.

When planting tomatoes choose a sunny spot, tomatoes love warm sunshine. Prepare the garden bed by adding compost to cover the top 3 inches of soil. Tomatoes demand a growing medium rich in organic matter. You can make your own compost or buy it at the store. Since tomatoes are versatile, if you supply a layer of rich garden soil, it will work well also.

Transplant the tomato deeply. Space tomato plants 18 to 36 inches apart. It is important to leave yourself enough space to get in between the plants to water and weed.

Water about 16 ounces of warm water per plant every day for the first 7 to 10 days after transplanting. Use a tomato cage or a stake to support the tomato vine about 14 days after transplanting. This will keep the plants upright. Make sure that you secure the plant to a stake using loose knotted double-loops that won't strangle the plant.

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