I attended the PPUG (Pikes Peak Urban Garden) fall vegetable gardening 'Year in Review' class. As usual the class was informative and timely.
I am making notes for next year while the 2010 gardening season is still fresh in my mind, possibly a good idea for many of my fellow gardeners.
I did have the best tomato year ever. Several improvments were made in the way I normally garden.
The first improvment was not skimping on soil amendments. I used the Happy Frog Soil Conditioner for all my food crops. Tomatoes in pots also recieved a little Happy Frog in addition to the Fertilome Potting Soil I would regularly use.
Fertilizing and watering done on a timely basis workded wonders to provide tomatoes earlier than usual, even with our much cooler Spring weather.
NO CROWDING! I planted fewer tomatoes than ever before, but gave them adequate room. No dieases, good air circulation, and no delay in ripening where my rewards.
I planted a few determinate varieties on pots, Earli Annie, Lime Green Salad and Prange Paruche preformed exceptionally well. Mr. Stripey was also planted in a pot. A mistake I will not make next year as the large, robust, indeterminate threated to take over our BBQ grill. Belii Naliv was a very welcome new addition to my tomato garden, one that I will repeat next year.
Thank you to Larry Stebbins for recommending Big Beef, absolutly fabulous for two years now!