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.
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Greenly: I Say Tomato, You Say Tomahto
By Natalie Ghio | July 26, 2013
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.
Where do you find your home gardening advice? Tell me in the comments below.
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