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    There is a good selection of organic and heirlooms at Seeds of Change Seeds of Change Homepage Check out their 'urban gardening' link too.

    Also Burpee http://www.burpee.com/p2p/searchResu...rrivals&page=1

    There are bush types that are very tasty; can be grown in your area and do very well in containers. The best soil is heavy compost as tomato needs lots of nutrients - I use my own compost or buy organic if I can find it (but not sludge as that is recycled sewer junk - have to check the label).

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    I put in a row of Pink Oxheart tomatoes yesterday, along with some of my unnamed veggie-tray tomatoes. We'll see how things go...

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    Yummeh, Oberon. Hope they grow fat and taste good.
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    *$^^@##!

    Today, 6 out of 10 of my little tomato plants has been pulled to pieces. Not eaten, just trashed.

    There have been starlings browsing in the garden. I think they do it just out of curiosity. "Here's something new... let's peck it!"

    Darned birds. :steam:

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    More info on growing tomatoes upside down:

    Upside down Tomatoes

    This method works nicely, and can be an easy way to grow tomatoes from a porch or balcony.

    Also, if you enjoy basil, you might try planting a little basil in your tomato containers. I've read that it sweetens the tomatoes.
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    ^Neat idea.

    Or you could try the tumbling variety in hanging baskets.

    A critical decision is whether the toms are determinate or indeterminate: Royal Horticultural Society - Advice: Choosing the right kind of tomato

    A mix of both will guarantee a good spread and minimise risk of disease and hedges against an August glut.

    Vine toms are particularly good at producing a decent yield over the summer.

    Keep them indoors until they're about a foot high - or the birds might get them.

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    does this have anything to do with the "square foot gardening"? i've been hearing that around my house lately.
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    Square foot gardening has to do with building a wooden grid and planting inside of it. It cuts down on weeds and helps utilize space. Once you have the boxes made, it's also easier than tilling soil. A cool gardening idea, although I haven't yet tried it. I know others who swear by it.

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    For tomatoes, I always buy the little plants at the store since they're cheap if you only get a couple, and a lot less work. I bought two cherry tomato plants last year and they did amazing, spread everywhere. It might have helped that I grew them next to peas.

    I would recommend holding off on planting them outside for a few weeks, I find that tomatoes are really sensitive to frost/cool temperatures. Late may is usually when I do it (Ottawa).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    For tomatoes, I always buy the little plants at the store since they're cheap if you only get a couple, and a lot less work. I bought two cherry tomato plants last year and they did amazing, spread everywhere. It might have helped that I grew them next to peas.

    I would recommend holding off on planting them outside for a few weeks, I find that tomatoes are really sensitive to frost/cool temperatures. Late may is usually when I do it (Ottawa).
    Yeah if you have room for a decent pot, put both Roma and Cherry tomatoes in it. I just casually pick and eat them all summer long one year.

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