Free Tomato Plants from Cuttings – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#7)

Do you love tomatoes? Would you like to double or triple how many tomato plants you are growing for FREE? Today, I will be sharing tips on how to get free tomato plants from pruning the suckers,  found in our featured post this week! Growing Tomato Plants from Seed Are you a tomato lover like me? I LOVE me some home grown tomatoes! I can never get enough! Every year I grow my tomatoes from seed, and have a lot of great tips here in my Seed Sowing 101: Planting Tomato Seed article. I also go over how I transplant tomato seedlings in my article How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings. Be sure to keep reading, to learn how to get yourself some FREE tomato plants! Tips for Growing Tomatoes Tomatoes are a little bit tricky to grow, so I have some tips here in these related articles: Simple Easy DIY Tomato Support System – A great tutorial on how to support those ever growing indeterminate tomatoes. These guys can get out of hand quickly, so it is a good idea to have a plan on how you are going to support the plants, before they even go in the ground! I have found that this support system, works really well for me year after year. Some other things, like those tomato cages, don’t. They fall over pretty quickly or the string used in the weave method breaks. This system is sturdy and rock solid, but does take some effort well before your tomato plants need it. Tomatoes do better in the long run, if you prune them. (Hint: this is how you get the free tomato plants too!) Especially near the ground where viruses and bacteria can splatter up onto the foliage and create problems for your plants…

How and Why You Should Prune Tomato Plants

Not sure how or why you should prune your tomato plants? Today we will be sharing how and why you should! Pruning Indeterminate Tomato Plants Indeterminate tomato plants grow much taller than determinate tomato plants. They are a vining plant that will continue to grow and produce fruit until they experience their first frost. Therefore it is a good idea to provide them adequate support and to prune them to keep them healthy. To see how I support my tomato plants, please see my article Simple DIY Tomato Support System. Determinate tomato plants on the other hand, are not a vining plant that continually produces fruit. They grow one large crop of fruit that all ripens at the same time, and then the plant dies back. This type of tomato does not need to be pruned as much. However, I would still prune around the base of the plant (see below for more on that). Related Article You May Be Interested In: The Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! 3 Reasons Why You Should Prune Your Tomatoes There are a couple of good reasons why you should prune your indeterminate tomato plants to keep them healthy. Pruning the lower 12″-18″ of the plant, helps to prevent back splash from the ground when it rains or when you water. The dirt in the ground can carry viruses which can harm the plants such as blight. Removing the stems and leaves at the bottom of the plant allows for less surface area for those viruses to infect. Pruning the suckers off the plant, creates better air flow and air circulation around the plant. This also prevents disease and…

Watering Solutions – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#6)

Are you watering your garden properly? Many people don’t. Today, I will be sharing all about watering solutions for your garden via my own personal tips, and those solutions found in our featured post! How to Water Your Garden Properly Now that the summer heat is settling in, watering your garden is essential. If you are a beginner gardener, this post is for you! I participate in a lot of online gardening groups, and one thing I see time and time again, is people incorrectly watering their garden. And then they wonder why their plants are struggling. I saw a post on last weeks Blog Hop on this topic on how to water your garden, and decided to feature it this week as it is very timely! Watering Tips for the Garden My personal tips on watering your garden the correct way are these: water deeply, every few days on an overcast/rainy day if you can to prevent extra evaporation when you think you are done watering, dig down 6″ or so and check to see if the soil is wet down there, it should be! do not water briefly every day: this only waters the surface roots, which dry out very quickly due to the heat of the sun your goal should be to water the deeper roots, you want the water to go as deep as possible, so the plants will send their roots deeper plants with only surface roots will struggle and not produce well for you plants with deep roots will be happier healthier plants MULCH! It conserves water, prevents evaporation AND prevents weeds! See my article on mulching: The Secret to Easy Gardening, Use Mulch for No Weeding! Our Featured Post This Week: Watering Solutions This week I chose to feature…

Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop (#5)

Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! We have had a lot of fun the last few weeks with this brand new Blog Hop! We will be posting this every Tuesday so we hope to see you all here each week posting! Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! Featured Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Posts: Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks! Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you! And on to this weeks featured posts!! I have crafting and the 4th of July on my mind I guess, because I chose two craft that are suitable for the upcoming holiday! First I chose this cute rustic DIY craft project, just in time to make it before the 4th of July!  DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic Stars from Tiffany at TeeDiddlyDee!   And I also chose this awesome Reversible Patriotic Table Runner from Kristie at Love My Little Cottage! I hope these featured posts will help you get your crafting groove on before the 4th arrives!   Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts Are: AnneMarie from 15 Acre Homestead How to Make Money from Your Produce at Market by Annie at by 15 Acre Homestead Shelle from Rockin W Homestead Six Ways to Preserve and Store Produce by Shelle at Rockin W Homestead Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre Fresh Pack Garlic Dill Pickles…

DIY Tutorial Tomato Support System (Cheap, Easy & Strong!)

Staking Indeterminate tomatoes is a must. Today, I will be sharing with you how to stake tomatoes cheap and easy with this DIY tutorial on how to build a tomato plant support system using wooden stakes and chicken wire! Tomato Cages, Stakes and/or Trellises Not Working For You? Than you are in the right place! I got tired of my tomato support cages falling over, my wooden tomato stakes not being tall enough, the trellis system not being big enough, the twine or string breaking in a weave system. So my husband and I set out to build something that works! This DIY tomato support system uses inexpensive 2x2x8 wooden posts and chicken wire or welded wire, whatever you might have on hand will work. It is an excellent support for tomatoes in pots, or in the ground! Related Article You May Be Interested In: The Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato SeedOur favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! How to Stake Tomatoes in Pots Living in the PNW, in our cool short summer growing season, I grow my tomatoes in pots, both in the greenhouse, and outside. It helps keep the plants & roots warmer, and I find that I get a bigger harvest growing them in pots. But I struggled to find a way to support the indeterminate tomato plants while growing them in pots. That is how this system was born. How to Stake Tomatoes or Support Tomatoes in a Greenhouse After unsuccessfully growing tomatoes outside, we invested in this greenhouse. It is rather large, at 10×20 and is my favorite gardening purchase EVER. (I secretly want a second one, to expand my Making Money Growing Plants project each spring&#8230…

Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop (#4)

Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! We have had a lot of fun the last few weeks with this brand new Blog Hop! We will be posting this every Tuesday so we hope to see you all here each week posting! Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! Featured Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Posts: Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks! Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you! And on to this weeks featured post!! This week I chose this Salted Cinnamon Shortbread Recipe from New Homesteaders Almanac, because CINNAMON and SHORTBREAD! Two of my favorites!   Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts Are: Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre How to Make Cherry Jam From Scratch by The Self Sufficient HomeAcre AnneMarie from 15 Acre Homestead How to Preserve Oranges On Your Homestead by 15 Acre Homestead Shelle from Rockin W Homestead 5 Ways to Preserve Onions by Rockin W Homestead   And myself! I’m Tamara and I blog here at The Reid Homestead   Share Your Farm Fresh Posts This Week! Homesteading, homemaking, sustainable and green ideas, DIY, healthy living, and self-reliance posts are all welcome. Share up to 4 family friendly posts. You may share older posts with ‘in season’ information, but please don’t share the same posts each week! If you share your posts…