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Greenly: I Say Tomato, You Say Tomahto

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This week, I’m sharing a tomato-growing tip and life lesson we can all agree on.

Thanks to Google, we can find the answer to just about anything we’re looking for online in a matter of seconds. So, after planting my very first heirloom tomato seedling this Spring, I didn’t think twice when turning to the powers of the trusted online search engine to pick up tips when it came to caring for my precious Green Striped Zebra.

My diligent practice of moderate watering (per the instruction of a popular online forum) seemed to be working. Despite the fact there was no fruit in site, it was growing very tall very quickly. But then as tomatoes began to make their debut at the farmer’s market and my plant still wasn’t producing its own fruit, discouragement set in and I turned to my local farmer for advice out of…desperation.

Turns out, “moderate” watering wasn’t the answer for my Green Stripe. Instead, I was advised to water at least once a day. Now, the plant has a few strong blooms, and I’m (im)patiently awaiting the day I can proudly show off my very first tomato.

Besides learning how to take care of my tomato plant, I was reminded of the seemingly obvious: While the internet can be an invaluable resource, sometimes the best advice can come from those around us — in this case, my local farmer — especially when it comes to home gardening advice. Who better to ask than those who know your local conditions and have years of expertise behind them? Local farmers are a great resource for great food, and great advice.

Where do you find your home gardening advice? Tell me in the comments below.

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio
Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn. more
  • Dawn T. 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth G. 6 years ago
    I am growing Heirloom Cherokee Purple tomatoes and water them once a day and I plan on keeping seed for next year too. I also go to my local Farmers Market here in CA. and buy the Heirloom tomatoes just to get their seeds because I am a seed saver.
  • Ann-Marie K. 6 years ago
    I'm going to try the local farmers market.
  • marlene s. 6 years ago
    Ask the sellers at your local farmers market. They are usually happy to share advice . Another resource is the county extension office. Every state university has a deartment that provides information at the county level to the general population. Also call the Master Gardeners in your area. Google them for your location. Master Gardeners are required to give back a certain number of volunteer hours in exchange for their certification.
  • Mary Lou G. 6 years ago
    I first ask my neighboring gardeners. I have moved a lot, and different areas have different growing requirements. The people who have lived in the area and gardened for a long time have been my best sources of information. Especially seek out the elderly people. They have the best advice and tips.
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