Tons of Tomatoes From A Small SpaceWritten by Jean Fritz
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Place your tomato plants every 18” around outside of cage, and tie stems loosely to wires of cage. Use soft material such as old socks, panty hose, or jute twine. Be sure that all "branches" of plant are secured; otherwise, you may find your plant splitting in two from weight of growing tomatoes. Water your tomato plants by aiming stream toward middle of tomato cage. This will leach out beneficial nutrients and active microorganisms from compost and send it straight into ground, offering your tomato plants a feeding with every watering. As season progresses, you may find your tomato plants creating small “nubs” along side of stem that faces tomato ring. These “nubs” are beginning of feeder roots; let plant send these roots into compost inside ring. The more roots plants create, more resistant they will be to drought-induced stress, insects, and diseases. By midsummer, your tomato plants will be decked with red, gold, pink and orange fruits randomly placed, making your compost area look like a William Morris print. Now it's time to harvest, slice, grab salt shaker, munch, and watch your favorite movie in air-conditioned comfort.
The author is a freelance writer, market farmer (organic) and cat-lover. Her farm, KittyVista Organics, is located 30 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Complete your bookshelves with bookendsWritten by Johann Erickson
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Are your books lined up neatly in a bookshelf? Don’t be afraid to jazz it up a bit. Take books out of case and divide them according to subject. Chances are good that you will have several titles per subject. Then purchase bookends in a style that matches subject matter. Arrange them in groups on your bookshelf along side framed pictures, decorative plates, or vases.
Book ends provide an opportunity to infuse your personality or interests into a room. Because they serve a dual purpose, book ends are a justifiable decorating expense. You can preserve your books while adding a new element or focal point to your living spaces.
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