An easy, proven way to save you money while providing good nutrition for your family!
You don't think you have a green thumb? That's OK--you don't really need one! Just a little knowledge and info to get you started!!
Those of us who live in rural areas have a decided advantage over city and apartment dwellers. We can nearly always find room for a vegetable garden even if it's a small one!
But even if you don't have an acre or two of land to play with, don't despair! You can still supplement your grocery budget with fresh veggies grown in a container garden--even if only space you have is on your patio!
Tomatoes are about easiest vegetables to grow. They come in all sizes: from bite-size cherry tomatoes to great big beefsteak tomatoes. And tastewise, store-bought tomatoes just can't compare to vine-ripened!
The first step to starting a container garden is to locate your container. You can use almost anything. A half-barrel, kind you see for sale at garden centers, works great. You may have plastic buckets already on hand and these can work, too.
If you use buckets, usually one plant to each bucket is enough. And keep in mind, one plant can produce a lot of tomatoes!
Just put a layer of rocks in bottom of your chosen container for drainage. Then fill with quality potting soil about 2/3 thirds of way full.
Tomatoes are best grown from seedlings. Most garden centers, discount stores, and even some grocery stores have these in stock in spring.
Remove plant from plastic pot it comes in by squeezing bottom of pot to loosen soil and gently lift it from pot. Carefully loosen roots a little as sometimes they tend to be a little root-bound in small pots.