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Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters to add some whimsy to your yard and garden

You all know I love to Up-cycle stuff, right? My Hand Knit Rag Rug was a huge hit, and a lot of fun! And who could forget our Juice Jug Greenhouses?  Anyway, my very kind and understanding husband also realizes my need to keep stuff, and was very pleased to offer me his old work boots…so I could plant flowers in them. And I did. 

Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden made from Upcycling Old Workboots

And that got me thinking, what other really unique ideas I could find and share with you for planting flowers…well, check these out:

Unique and Whimsical Flower Planter Ideas

10 Unique Flower Planter Ideas to Liven Up Your Space

 

This Bird Cage Planter – by Crafts by Amanda is really just too pretty.  It would look lovely on any corner of a deck, the center of any harvest table, and would be especially lovely as a hanging planter.

Rain Boot Planter – by A Cultivated Nest is simply adorable, and would make a lovely addition to any front porch!  Great idea for a Grandma and Grandpa gift, if made with little boots.  Talk about cute.

I found some awesome haning planters!  These Bird Feeder Planters – by Petticoat Junktion,  brilliant Fishbowl Planters – by A Beautiful Mess and really clever Rain Gutter Planters – by Restoration Redoux are all really smart up-cycles!  

Garden Glove gives a great tutorial on these eye catching Vertical Cinder Block Planters, and don’t miss out on this how to for a Stenciled Planter Box from Reclaimed Wood – by Saved by Love Creations

I love this nifty Mailbox Planter – by Garden Chick, and my front yard absolutely needs a Chair Planter – by Between Naps on the Porch.

Up Cycled Work Boot Flower Planters

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters

These are too easy, really.  The hardest part may be finding a pair of boots you’re willing to part with.  

Materials

  • old boots
  • newspaper
  • seeds
  • soil
  • water

Directions

  1. Fill the toes of boots with some crumpled newspaper
  2. Fill the rest of the boot with potting soil.
  3. Add seeds and plant according to package directions
  4. Water lightly

I told you it was too easy.  Which ones will you try?

 

 

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Wine Cork Garden Markers

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Garden Markers made from up-cycled wine cork are more than just cute.  They also help you remember what the heck you were doing.  Inspired by these sweet cork markers I found on Baby Centre I have ventured to make my own version.

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens

I am not going to lie.  Herb gardens are decidedly not something I am good at.  So when it comes to planting herb gardens, I need all the help I can get.  Over the years I have gotten fairly decent at identifying sprouts, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, etc.  But herbs, no.  What I need is a lot more experience growing herbs, and until then – I’ve got a clever little up-cycle that it gonna help me out

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Another really easy up-cycle, that is not only cute – it’s actually quite useful.  And who doesn’t love a useful craft?  My version of these wine cork garden markers uses a wire hanger instead of doweling or skewers ( you likely already have a wire hanger to spare) and because of that you don’t need a drill either, just push the wire into the cork.  Real people, real living and totally do-able.

Materials:

  • wine corks
  • white wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • sharpie

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Directions:

  1. Unravel the coat hanger, and straighten and if you don’t have a white one, you can paint it.  Just be sure to let it dry very very well before you start handling it
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut the hanger into several lengths, approx 5 – 6 ” long
  3. Push one wine-cork onto the end of one 5″ length of wire
  4. Using the sharpie ( or other permanent marker) label the cork with the type of herb you’ve planted, or hope to plant, or planted a while ago and you forgot about it and it died…
  5. Place each marker next to the right herbs you planted. Be sure to get it right!  I made myself a sketch of where I planted which herb, so that adding the markers wouldn’t cause confusion and delay.

If you liked this up-cycle

You’ll need to make these lovely nature gifts in a jar, and these egg carton daffodils.  For more grown-upy type crafts, check out this awesome rag rug tutorial, or these super easy cotton napkins.  

Also, you can read about my herb garden prowess and get some seed starting ideas here if you’re looking to start your own – which you should totally do! 

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

 

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5 Ways to Use Sprinklers

Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection

While it may  be glaringly obvious what you may do with sprinklers, it has occurred to me that people have varying opinions on what that glaringly obvious use may be.

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Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection

The Most Obvious Use For Sprinklers

Again, this is going to vary depending on perspective and general outlook.  If you are a farmer, you might think Irrigation is the most obvious way you would use a sprinkler.  If you are parent, or a child for that matter, you would probably consider the Entertainment Value you get out of a sprinkler as being key.  A hose and sprinkler system can be your best friend when it comes to Defending against Frost and Pests and also if you are ever thirsty outside, Drinking From the Garden Hose is a life skill and should be taught to all children at a very young age.

Using Sprinklers for Irrigation

I suppose at the top of the list would be using your sprinklers for irrigation.  Watering your garden to grow your food, so that you can eat.  A  garden hose with an oscillating sprinkler  can do a fine job of making sure your garden gets good coverage.  Let it run for 15 minutes in one area at a time, at least once a day.  We have a sturdy hose reel with a series of long hoses running from the house to the garden that allows for really great coverage, and easy clean up for lawn cutting.

Using Sprinklers for Entertainment and Outdoor Fun

Did you run through he sprinkler as a child?  How about those wet bananas?  Or a slip and slide?  Fun. Fun. Fun.  If you don’t have a sprinkler to enjoy, get one.  Seriously.  You don’t need a fancy sprinkler for it to be fun for the kids – we have hours and yes, I do mean hours, of fun with our oscillating sprinkler . We do have the benefit of fresh well water also, but in areas where water use is limited and sprinkler play is a luxury, if you do have only a certain amount of time where you can water your lawn and gardens, use an oscillating sprinkler and let the kids play in it while it does double duty.  

Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection

Using Sprinklers for Quenching Thirst

Go ahead.  Drink from the Garden Hose   I do it all the time, and have even mastered the art of drinking from the oscillating sprinkler.  I don’t always remember to bring beverages outside and after working in the garden for periods of time, you can quickly become dehydrated.  Don’t fill up the landfill sites with plastic water bottles, drink right from the family garden hose.  It’s fun, does the trick and teaches your kids to embrace the simple life, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  

 

Using Sprinklers for Frost Protection

Just like we talked about above – having an oscillating sprinkler system in your garden through the growing season is a real life saver.  Did you know also that having one set up through the ripening and harvesting season can also be a true life, time, and food saver?   When there is eminent danger of frost in the fall, and you still have a garden full of thriving plants that could do with just a wee bit longer in the garden, turn on the sprinkler.  Use a timer for your hose, and have it come on when the forecast says the temperature is supposed to drop to zero and colder.  A fine mist of water from the sprinkler will keep the frost from setting on the plants.  Often we get a few days of light frost and then perfect growing weather again for a week or two after.  If you can survive those frosty days, you can extend your growing season by almost a month.

Using Sprinklers for Deffence

It’s not what you think.  Well, maybe it is.  I have seen my youngest pick up the hose, armed with a Hose Nozzle and spray her older siblings to maintain her ground.  She is her Mother’s child.  But that is not really what I was alluding to in the realm of defense.  I’m talking about those critters who love to hang out at your place, make themselves comfy, and make you leary of your own space.  Most animals that feel comfy in your space aren’t there to harm you.  They may want to eat your vegetables, like my friends the Groundhogs, and sometimes they can smell really fowl ( yes, you Mr. Skunk).  After a series of failed attempts from deterring a skunk from our yard and garden – I’m talking fireworks, slamming noises etc… I decided that I was going to spray the skunk.  And I did.  I got out my trusty Garden Hose, attached my high powered Hose Nozzle and sprayed that skunk.  He did not spray me back, but ran quite happily into the forest, and stayed away from our garden for the rest of the year.  My Little Helpers are quite proud to tell people, all. People. That Mommy, yes, MOMMY, sprayed the skunk. 

That’s pride people.

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Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection 

 



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Best Gardening Ideas

Top 5 Gardening Ideas

This is it folks.  Get ready for full on Gardening Season.  The snow it is a melting, and seeds, they need to get sprouting.  To help get you ( and myself too!) off on the right foot, here are the Best Gardening Ideas.

Best Gardening Ideas from Seed Starting and a Composter, to Butterfly Gardens and Vegetables

Best Gardening Ideas

From ideas for Seed Starting to Building a Really Easy Composter Nemcsok Farms has got you covered.  We’ve tackled Butterfly Gardens , Fairy Tale Gardens and Vegetable Gardens!  

I put all of our favourite ideas, chosen by you, in one handy dandy little spot – click through to get to your favourites and what interests you most.

Our Most Popular Gardening Post of All Time

It is of no surprise to me that our visitors find our list of The Easiest Veggies to Grow the most useful item in our gardening section. 

Easiest Veggies You Can Grow - EVER.

Packed full of useful tips and advice on growing some high producing and low maintenance vegetables.  The perfect list for those gardeners who are just starting out, or who are just not going to spend all their time in the garden.  If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend you start here.

A Garden With A Happy Ending

Who doesn’t love a fairy tale?  Well everybody loves our ideas on how to Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look, with these suggestions on growing and caring for lupines.  Lupines are a native wildflower to our area and we all know native wildflowers are indeed where it is at.

Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look by Planting Lupines

Top 10 Seed Starting Ideas

After day dreaming about your garden all winter, seed starting is really where it all comes to fruition.  I had collected my favourite posts on Seed Starting Ideas and that collection continues to be a favourite for all of our Readers.  

Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Everybody wants to Build a Butterfly Garden

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing! Make you add the creature comforts when Building A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

A No Tools Required Kind of Project

A super easy and super cheap DIY Composter is what finished up the list of our Top 5 Gardening Ideas.  This project is so easy, you won’t even need any tools.  For real. 

Super Easy Super Cheap DIY Composter Pallet Project

And just think – I haven’t even started on our Best Gardening Printables yet!  Maybe next week

 

 

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How to Build a Bee Garden

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

There is a pretty clear call to action in the world to save the bees.  And rightly so, many of the fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs we eat need pollinators to reproduce.  And well, that pretty much says it all.

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How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

While not everybody loves bees, what with the stinging and the allergies, it is still incredibly important that we keep their populations healthy and active. 

BUILD A BEE GARDEN

Plan for a continuous succession of plants flowering from spring through fall.  Consider providing nesting sites, and a fresh supply of water.

FAVOURITE FOODS FOR BEES

To keep the bees fed all season, have plants that flower at different times.  Plant some crab apple and apple trees, blueberry bushes and foxglove for early blooms.  Add chives, lavender, raspberry bushes and sunflowers for the middle of summer blooms.  Pumpkin, squash and echinacea and asters are all great options for later in the summer and early fall.  Plant flowers of a single species in big groups instead of in scatterings so bees are more likely to find them. Also, a variety of flower shapes and colours will benefit a diversity of bees.

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

BEE GARDEN CREATURE COMFORTS

Besides those great big nectar and pollen filled flowers, bees need a place to nest and lay eggs, and they also need water.  

For nesting, provide dry stems, wood blocks drilled with variously sized holes for twig-nesting bees or a small sunny patch of bare mulch free ground for ground-nesting bees.  You can also purchase a Triangle Bee House, a Giant Solitary Bee Nester, or an Interactive Solitary Beehive 

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

Provide fresh water to drink by lining a shallow bowl or plate with rocks before adding water, leaving some rock surface as landing strips, and top up the water often.

 

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

LOVE THIS GARDEN?

You’ll love our How to Build a Butterfly Garden post as well.  We’ve collected a rainbow’s worth of flowers from Purple Flowers, Blue Flowers and Flowers that have amazing Foliage to the Warmer Blooms of Yellow, Orange and Red.  See how to give yourGarden A Fairy Tale Look, and be sure to check out our fun and informative round up of 30 Ways to Fall in Love with Flowers

 

 

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How To Build A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough – Rabindranath Tagore

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing!

You want to attract the butterflies to your garden and convince them to stay.   Like any home, when building your butterfly garden you need to consider food, water and shelter.  

Favourite Foods for Butterflies

Some great flower choices for pollinators are Columbine – a hardy perennial that blooms in spring and summer, Delphinium – a hardy and tall perennial that also blooms in spring and summer, and Echinacea altogether not my favourite flower.  They can take over, like dandelions and aren’t much to look at before they bloom.  Hollyhocks are very tall also, they can grow up to nine feet, and are hardy perennials and quite elegant, and Lupins are very hardy, and quite unique and their foliage is quiet lovely.

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies
From the top, lupins, cornflower, delphiniums, echinacea, columbine and hollyhocks

Butterfly Garden Creature Comforts

Besides those great big juicy flowers, butterflies love to sun themselves, and they also need water.

Add large flat rocks to the garden you’re building for them, and include a few small dishes of water, or a birdbath. Keep the Butterfly Garden chemical free, it’s better for everyone.

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

Love this garden?

We’ve collected a rainbow’s worth of flowers from Purple Flowers, Blue Flowers and Flowers that have amazing Foliage to the Warmer Blooms of Yellow, Orange and Red.  See how to give your Garden A Fairy Tale Look, and be sure to check out our fun and informative round up of 30 Ways to Fall in Love with Flowers

 

For More Lovely Gardening Ideas 

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Vegetable Planting Schedule for Melons

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Melons

& Growing Tips

Have you ever grown something from seed, that you were 100% sure could not be grown, by you, from seed?  I have and it was watermelon.  Let me just tell you upfront, I had a lot of failures before my big success!  

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Melons

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, RIGHT? 

I am fairly certain that it took five years of practicing, before I got it right.  The two main contributors to my melon growing failures have been soil quality and lack of watering.  Melons need a lot of water.  They don’t want to sit in a puddle, but they need a lot of water. Water them. Every. Day.

HOW MANY MELON SEEDS / PLANTS TO START

Start by determining the space you want to use to grow tomatoes.  You should allow 4-6′ for every healthy plant.  If you’ve got a 4′ x 4′ space, you’ll have room for 1  plant.  So give yourself 50% more seeds, so in this case you’ll want to have 2 plants.  You will end up thinning out the smallest and sickliest looking seedlings. In a single hill you should plant 3 to 4 seeds.    

VEGETABLE PLANTING SCHEDULE FOR MELONS

  • Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost date.
  • Wait about two weeks from the last spring frost before transplanting   
  • Harden off plants over the course of a week.
  • Till aged manure or compost into your garden soil
  • Like pumpkins, melons grow best in hills, but widely spaced in rows can work also.
  • Put them in a part of your garden where they will have full sun and well-drained soil. 
  • Water the transplants very well. 

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Melons

GARDEN GROWING TIPS FOR MELONS

  • Mulch thickly to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. They like a lot of water, but need to be in well drained soil.
  • They are very heavy feeders, and require a lot of room
  • Vines produce male and female flowers separately on the same plant. Do not be concerned if the male flowers fall off. The female flowers (which have a swollen bulb at the base) will stay on the vine and bear fruit. Blossoms require pollination to set fruit, so be kind to the bees! 
  • As fruit is ripening, prevent rotting by gently lifting it and putting some cardboard or straw between the fruit and the soil.
  • Don’t plant melons near the cucumbers
  • Melons can be grown near the tomatoes and corn.
  • Inspect for insect pests regularly.

HARVESTING TIPS FOR MELONS

  • When the tendril is half dead, the the watermelon is nearly ripe or ripe. If the tendril is fully dead, it’s ripe or overripe; it’s not going to get any riper, so you might as well pick!
  • Stems should be cut with a sharp knife close to the fruit.
  • Watermelons can be stored uncut for about 10 days. 

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Melons

FIND THIS USEFUL?

Get your printable Vegetable Planting Schedule – for reference and to help keep you on track, and check out these other gardening posts to help you get the most out of your garden. Also, check out our article on the Easiest Veggies to Grow – it’s perfect for anybody just starting out, or who doesn’t necessarily have the time to devout to a garden. 

Starting Seedlings , Laying out your PlotMaintenance PlannersJournalsPlanting Schedules for Direct Seeding, and Planting Schedules for Starting Seeds Indoors and don’t forget our growing tips for cabbage, broccoli lettuce tomatoes peppers and cauliflower.

 

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UpCycled Paper Pots

DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

Earth Day is on April 22nd and it’s our 2nd time participating in the annual Earth Month Blog Hop. Last year we joined in on the recycling portion (no surprise there, right?) of the Natural Parenting Event with our post on How to Re-Use Absolutely Anything to Grow Plants In, and since this year is all about finding fun new uses for the materials and recyclables you have on hand we will have lots to contribute!  Take the challenge with us!

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DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

True to Form

Last Week’s Challenge was to up-cycle plastic into something fun, and as you would have expected, we decided to meet that challenge head on, with a really easy DIY Juice Jug Greenhouse project. We’re really sticking to our guns with this growing stuff as we meet this week’s challenge, paper or cardboard, again with a way to up-cycle it into something you can grow plants in. You got it, Up-Cycled Paper Pots.

Up-Cycled Paper Pots

Basically there are two ways to turn old newspapers into pots, with a Paper Pot Maker, yes it’s a thing and it works tremendously well, or by folding paper into a box.  

Using the Paper Pot Maker

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Cut the paper into strips, about 10″ long by 4″ wide
  2. Roll the paper around the handle portion of the Paper Pot Maker, making sure that the newspaper overhangs about an inch off the bottom of the roller
  3. Fold the bottom overlap in to close, and press firmly and turn the newly made pot on the roller, into the disc portion.
  4. Carefully slide the pot off of the roller, and repeat.  Many. Many. Times.

Using Origami

Materials:

Directions

  1. Use the origami instructions of your preference to make a box, you can see how I did it in the image below
  2. Cut the newspaper into either 6″ or 8″ squares
  3. Repeat over and over again until you’re really really good at it, and you’ve used up all of your newspaper.

DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

How To Use Your Up-Cycled Paper Pots

Same as you would any other pot for starting seeds, start by adding quality potting soil, add water to moisten, add your seeds, cover with a bit more soil, and place on a window sill.  Cover with a film of plastic wrap, or a clear lid from something else, and watch for your seeds to germinate and grow.

When your seedlings are ready to be transplanted to the garden, after hardening them off for a week, you can simply put the entire pot into the garden.  Make sure you’ve tilled in some organic matter and dried manure, dig your hole for the seeding, and place the whole pot right in.  Pack the soil in around and you’re ready to grow.

Be sure to check out all of our other posts on Seed Starting, like our Top Ten Ideas for Seed Starting, and all of our other great Green Living Ideas   The Garbage Deodorizer Pucks are a personal favourite. 

DIY Up-Cycled Paper Pots from newspaper in two ways, for starting your garden seedlings

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Vegetable Planting Schedule for Peppers

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Peppers

& GROWING TIPS

Now tell me, what is more impressive than someone growing their own peas, corn, and lettuce, and serving it up all fresh and fancy, and all nutritious and stuff?  Give up?  Someone who grows their own peppers!  

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Peppers

A PEPPER FIASCO 

I have fond fond memories of my husband trying some crazy stupid hot peppers while on vacation in Mexico, many many moons ago, and frantically washing it down with a margarita.  I also have blazing hot memories of wiping my eyes with my fingers after planting hot pepper seeds. Yes, exactly like you are not supposed to do.  If you’ve never done it – well just don’t.  But also know that there is nothing in this world that compares to it.  Hot peppers in your eyes hurts. Like a lot.

HOW MANY PEPPER SEEDS / PLANTS TO START

Start by determining the space you want to use to grow tomatoes.  You should allow 12 -18″ for every healthy plant.  If you’ve got a 4′ x 4′ space, you’ll have room for 9  plants.  So give yourself 50% more seeds, so in this case you’ll want to have 13 plants.  You will end up thinning out the smallest and sickliest looking seedlings. Therefore you’ll need to start with 39 seeds.  You can usually buy them in packages of 20, 50 and 100.  

VEGETABLE PLANTING SCHEDULE FOR PEPPERS

  • Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost date.    
  • Harden off plants over the course of a week.
  • Till aged manure or compost into your garden soil
  • Put them in a part of your garden where they will have full sun and well-drained soil. 
  • Water the transplants very well.
  • Make sure the pepper plants have really good drainage
  • Stake the plants to support the weight of the peppers 

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Peppers

 

GARDEN GROWING TIPS FOR PEPPERS

  • Mulch thickly to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. They like a lot of water, but need to be in well drained soil.
  • Don’t plant peppers near the beans or kholorabi 
  • Peppers can be grown near Basil, Coriander, Onions, Spinach and Tomatoes
  • Inspect for insect pests regularly.

HARVESTING TIPS FOR PEPPERS

  • Leave your peppers on the vine as long as possible for maximum taste.
  • If your pepper plant still has fruit when the first hard frost threatens, pull up the entire plant and hang it upside down in the basement or garage. Pick peppers as they ripen.
  • To freeze, slice and place in freezer bags or containers. 
  • Wear gloves when handling hot peppers.  For real, I’m not kidding.  See the part about the fiasco above
  • If you end up with an over abundance, make homemade pepper sauce, or salsa! I recommend our Market Garden Salsa, and our Tomato and Pepper Salsa 

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Peppers

FIND THIS USEFUL?

Get your printable Vegetable Planting Schedule – for reference and to help keep you on track, and check out these other gardening posts to help you get the most out of your garden. Also, check out our article on the Easiest Veggies to Grow – it’s perfect for anybody just starting out, or who doesn’t necessarily have the time to devout to a garden. 

Starting Seedlings , Laying out your PlotMaintenance PlannersJournalsPlanting Schedules for Direct Seeding, and Planting Schedules for Starting Seeds Indoors and don’t forget our growing tips for cabbage, broccoli lettuce tomatoes and cauliflower.

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Vegetable Planting Schedule for Tomatoes

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Tomatoes

& GROWING TIPS

My Dad loved having a potted cherry tomato plant on his doorway, and my Mom is able to create a feast worthy of royalty, with nothing in her fridge besides tomatoes.  Needless to say, they are a part of my heritage.

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Tomatoes

SMELLS LIKE A TOMATO 

Homemade Ketchup, Barbecue Sauce, Tomato Sauce and more are right at your fingertips.  Use this Vegetable Planting Schedule for Tomatoes to grow your own tomatoes and you’ll be Blanching Your Own Tomatoes rocking this Perfect Chili too.  You can get a lot of fruit for your labour from even one plant, and these seedlings smell amazing! Almost seems too easy doesn’t it?

HOW MANY TOMATO SEEDS / PLANTS TO START

Start by determining the space you want to use to grow tomatoes.  You should allow 2′ for every healthy plant.  If you’ve got a 4′ x 4′ space, you’ll have room for 4  plants.  So give yourself 50% more seeds, so in this case you’ll want to have 6 plants.  You will end up thinning out the smallest and sickliest looking seedlings. Therefore you’ll need to start with 18 seeds.  You can usually buy them in packages of 20, 50 and 100.  

VEGETABLE PLANTING SCHEDULE FOR TOMATOES

  • Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost date.    
  • Harden off plants over the course of a week.
  • Till aged manure or compost into your garden soil
  • Put them in a part of your garden where they will have full sun and well-drained soil. 
  • Pinch off a few of the lower branches on transplants, and plant the root ball deep enough so that the remaining lowest leaves are just above the surface of the soil.
  • Water the transplants very well.
  • Put in stakes or cages  at the time of planting. Staking keeps developing fruit off the ground, while caging let’s the plant hold itself upright

Vegetable Planting Schedule for Tomatoes plus growing tips

 

GARDEN GROWING TIPS FOR TOMATOES

  • Mulch thickly to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. They like a lot of water, but need to be in well drained soil.
  • Don’t plant tomatoes near the Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, CabbageCauliflower,Corn or Potatoes
  • Tomatoes can be grown near Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Carrots, Celery, Dill, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Radishes, Spinach and Thyme
  • Inspect for insect pests regularly.

HARVESTING TIPS FOR TOMATOES

  • Leave your tomatoes on the vine as long as possible. 
  • If your tomato plant still has fruit when the first hard frost threatens, pull up the entire plant and hang it upside down in the basement or garage. Pick tomatoes as they redden.
  • To freeze, core  tomatoes and place them whole in freezer bags or containers. 
  • If you end up with an over abundance, make homemade tomato sauce, or salsa! I recommend our Market Garden Salsa, and our Tomato and Pepper Salsa 

 

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Tomatoes

FIND THIS USEFUL?

Get your printable Planting Schedule -Starting Indoors – for reference and to help keep you on track, and check out these other gardening posts to help you get the most out of your garden. Also, check out our article on the Easiest Veggies to Grow – it’s perfect for anybody just starting out, or who doesn’t necessarily have the time to devout to a garden. 

Starting Seedlings , Laying out your PlotMaintenance PlannersJournalsPlanting Schedules for Direct Seeding, and Planting Schedules for Starting Seeds Indoors and don’t forget our growing tips for cabbage, broccoli lettuce and cauliflower.