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Edible Garden: Better Tomatoes

Can these products help?

Fine Gardening - Issue 187
Give them a head start. The tomatoes grown in products that allowed them to be planted earlier (foreground), were well established when we planted the other seedlings (rear).

When it comes to growing tomatoes, everyone wants to grow the first, the biggest, and the most. And while growing tomatoes isn’t that hard, numerous pitfalls and setbacks can beset any gardener on a quest for an abundant harvest. To help avoid some of those troubles, gardeners might turn to any number of products available that promise anything from earlier and longer harvests to quicker ripening and easier cultivation.

The big question about these products is “Are they worth the money?” To answer that, we trialed several of them in our test garden to see what happened. When interpreting our results, keep in mind two things. First, this was not a scientific test with replication and peer review. Second, the year we tested these products was a terrible year for tomatoes: summer was cool, moist, and gray. It was a great year for late blight, however.

We grew some…

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