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Sunday, August 7, 2016

VACATION IS OVER: Any Neem Oil or Calcium Nitrate Orders Will Ship in 48 HOURS



BACK FROM VACATION: ALL PACKAGES SHIPPING in 48 HOURS

I will be away 8/8 to 8/15. I will not be able to fill and ship any order until 8/16. You can certainly place the orders if you'd like. I will fill them when I return.

Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Growing Tomatoes and Peppers From Start To Finish: A 9 Video Garden Series


Growing Tomatoes and Peppers From Start To Finish


Growing Tomatoes

This is a 9 part series I just finished and it is hosted on one of my two garden YouTube Channels - My First Vegetable Garden. It holds nearly 200 garden videos for new gardeners.

The 9 videos take you from seed starting tomatoes and peppers to hopefully a wonderful harvest. In between you can find all the steps on planting, feeding, tending and manage pests and disease.

I've included all 9 videos on this page with their video descriptions. If you enjoy this series please check out my channel linked above.

Growing Peppers

(1 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers: 
When to Seed Start,  Starting Mix, Light, Watering and Feeding

This is a 9 part series that takes you from seed starting to picking tomatoes and peppers. The 1st video shows you how to seed start your tomatoes and peppers indoors. I show you how to prepare the starting mix, how to prevent fungus and insects, when to fertilize, how and when to water and a bit about lighting. And I tell you when to start them. This is a series you can follow to grow your own tomatoes and peppers. Makes sure you have annotations on as I add information in text boxes.




(2 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers: 
Acclimation (to Sun), Fertilizing and Cup Transplanting Peppers

This is a 9 part series that takes you from seed starting to picking tomatoes and peppers. This is the 2nd video.  I shows you how to transplant the peppers into cups in 3 ways and how to fertilize them. I also talk about acclimating them to the sun.  This is a series you can follow to grow your own tomatoes and peppers.




(3 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers: 
True Leaves and Fertilizing, Purple Stems and Cinnamon Anti-Fungal

This is the 3rd video in a 9 part series about growing tomatoes and peppers from seed starting to harvesting. This video shows you when to fertilizer your tomato starts (1st True Leaves) and discusses water soluble fertilizer and how much to use. I give you an update on the pepper transplants, talk about purple pepper stems, how to use neem oil for insects, cinnamon as an anti-fungal and the way I label my seedlings.




(4 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and  Peppers: 
Cup Transplanting Tomatoes, Fertilizing, Stem Bumps and Tips 

This is the 4th video in a 9 part series about growing tomatoes and peppers from seed starting to harvesting. I show you how to transplant the tomatoes into cups and talk about fertilizing. I also show you some over-grown tomatoes in starter cells that are doing well from processed fertilizers. The tomato stems have bumps, this occurs on many stems and it is nothing to worry about. Make sure you have annotations on. There are lots of notes.




(5 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers: 
Pruning Peppers, No Flowering, Feeding and Progress

This is the 5th video in a 9 part series on growing tomatoes and peppers from start to harvesting. This video quickly explains why you would and how to prune peppers. It is a great way to get stronger more productive plants.. Feed your tomatoes ever 10-14 days with a water soluble fertilizer and don't let them flower while you wait for final transplanting.




(6 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers:
Pepper Planting, Container Soil, Basic Feeding and Tomato Progress

This is the 6th video of 9.  Peppers and tomatoes like the warmth and generally like to be planted when the nights are in the 50's and the days are in the 70's.  Too much nitrogen grows a lot of pepper leaves. While tomatoes love to be fed, a bit less for peppers is better. I talk about some basic fertilizing principles and how to make a basic container soil. I also show you how to plant your peppers in containers and in earth beds. Tomatoes show up in the video to but they will be the star of the next video.



(7 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers:
Prevention, Splash Barrier, Aspirin and Sprays, Planting

In video #7 I talk about disease prevention. Mulch is used for moisture and weeds but also as a disease splash barrier. Bottom pruning leaves helps create a disease barrier. Slugs are treated with Iron phosphate and I plant my indeterminate tomatoes. Finally I talk about Aspirin spray (which really works) for bolstering you tomato plant's defenses. Baking soda makes a great anti-fungal.




(8 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers:
Side Dressing, Pruning, Suckers, Removing Leaves and Sprays

Video #8 of 9 gets your tomatoes and peppers ready for growth and production. I show you how I remove bottom leaves from my peppers and talk about fertilizing them. They don't need much. I also show you how I stake, prune and remove suckers from tomato plants. I explain what a production stem is and discuss why you may want to manage stems on your tomatoes. I also show you how to side dress tomatoes with fertilizer and lime.




(9 of 9) Growing Tomatoes and Peppers:
My Harvest, Saving Tomato and Pepper Seeds, Final Tour

Thanks for watching this series: Growing Tomatoes & Peppers. This is the final video of the series. I show you my harvest, how to save tomato and pepper seeds (for next year!) and give you my final tour of the tomato and pepper gardens.





Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Difference Between Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes



The Difference Between 
Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes


There are generally two types of tomato plant categories. A tomato plant is either a determinate plant or an indeterminate plant. You may come across tomatoes called semi-determinate, however, you can treat them as a slower growing indeterminate tomato plant variety.

Clusters of  Determinate Tomatoes
Ripen Together for a Large Harvest
Determinates Mature Together
A determinate tomato grows to a set height and stops growing or greatly slows growth. They may be anywhere from 1-5 feet tall.

The determinate variety tomatoes tend to set all of their flowers over a very short period of time.

You will often see clusters of  green tomatoes that seem to appear all at once. They also tend to ripen together quickly, be ready for a large harvest.

The determinate plant typically begins to die off while the fruits are in the later stages of maturing.  Often, while the fruits mature, you will notice the plant leaves yellowing and dying off. This is a normal process for the plant.

Determinate types of tomatoes are great for getting early tomatoes from your garden and they do well in containers and in small spaces. You can often plant two rounds of determinate tomatoes in your garden, where you have about 5 months of warm weather. They can be planted in May and again in mid July.

Staked Indeterminate Tomatoes
The indeterminate tomato variety continues to grow and grow until frost or disease takes the plant. These plants can easily get to 6, 7, 8 feet tall and even taller. It will set flowers and fruit throughout the entire growing season. Typically, it produces several leaves, a cluster of flowers, several leaves and a cluster of flowers. This general pattern repeats, as tomatoes are vines.

Only frost or disease will stop an indeterminate tomato from growing and setting new flower clusters.  Think of it this way, a determinate tomato grows to a predetermined size and stops. Indeterminate tomatoes often need to be staked and pruned to manage their vigorous continuous growth.

Flower Cluster Form Tomatoes Over the Whole Season




A 'Sucker' in the Joint About to Be Pruned Out


I recommend slowly pruning the bottom leaves of indeterminate tomatoes and removing some suckers over the growing season. Pruning helps with airflow around and through the plant and it is done to help manage diseases and excessive growth. When and how much to prune is the gardener's choice.

You can often find out whether or not your tomato plant is an determinate or indeterminate plant variety from the seed pack. If you happen to buy a transplant or can't find what type it is, search the name on the internet. Very often you will find seed companies that carry your tomato variety and the plant description will tell you what type of growth to expect.

Tomatoes form from the bottom up on indeterminate plants. The lower part of the plant holds older tomatoes that mature and ripen. New flowers and tomatoes are found toward the top of the plant, as it grows.

The 'suckers' that form in the joints of leaves and stems will also produce flowers and continue to grow. Indeterminate plants are often pruned to limit production while determinate tomatoes should rarely be pruned.

Pruned and Staked Indeterminate Varieties
A Cluster of Green Tomatoes Mature 

Indeterminate Varieties Set Fruit Over the Season





Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kale & Kale Pests: Grow It, Cook It, Eat It - A Garden & Cooking Series E- 2 (Pilot)

 Kale & Kale Pests: Grow It, Cook It, Eat It
A Garden & Cooking Series E- 2 (Pilot)


Coley and I are excited to present our 2nd episode of Grow It, Cook It, Eat It. You can find the recipe and other garden links below.

This episode is all about Kale and it is a little heavier on the Grow It side. Kale is easy to grow and a great crop, if you can manage 3 annoying pests. I spend time showing you how to do just that. Coley has 5 tips for you to tame that delicious yet sometimes dirty leaf. She shows you how to prepare it, dry it, crisp it, blend it and even massage it. And don't forget to eat what you grow and cook, with your family and friends.
 


Cheers!
Coley and Gary
 



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Friday, June 24, 2016

Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Containers: Container, Soil, Fertilizers, Planting - A KIS Series (1/3)

Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Containers: 
Container, Soil, Fertilizers, Planting - A KIS Series (1/3)

I am starting a new series called KIS or (K)eep (I)t (S)imple. It is for new gardeners and my goal is to help you get to growing vegetables. I try and simplify the tools and methods.




Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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