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Hydroponic Tomato Garden

Hydroponic tomato growing systems, tools, and nutrients for sale at the best prices available. Hobby hydroponic growing systems for the home grower. Clicking the links below will open a new window on eBay with a full description of the hydroponic tomato growing equipment.

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PETomato Hydroponic Tomato Plant Growing Kit ASI9810 by Kagan PETomato Hydroponic Tomato Plant Growing Kit ASI9810 by Kagan $14.98
Hydro Organics Green Reign Tomato Vegetable  Herb Fertilizer 5lb Bag 5 7 3 Hydro Organics Green Reign Tomato Vegetable Herb Fertilizer 5lb Bag 5 7 3 $29.90
Lot of 10 50 100 200 Net Pots Hydro or Soil Veggie Garden Tomato Herbs Lot of 10 50 100 200 Net Pots Hydro or Soil Veggie Garden Tomato Herbs $68.79
Aero Garden Hydroponic Herb Garden Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed 7 Pod Kit X Aero Garden Hydroponic Herb Garden Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed 7 Pod Kit X $22.47
Hydroponic Fertilizer 4 18 38 Tomato Pepper Special Water Soluble 25 lb Bag Hydroponic Fertilizer 4 18 38 Tomato Pepper Special Water Soluble 25 lb Bag $38.95
TOMATOES VEGETABLES DIP APE HYDROGRAPHIC WATER TRANSFER HYDRO DIPPING DIP KIT TOMATOES VEGETABLES DIP APE HYDROGRAPHIC WATER TRANSFER HYDRO DIPPING DIP KIT $84.95
TOMATOES VEGETABLE FOOD HYDROGRAPHIC WATER TRANSFER HYDRO FILM DIP APE TOMATOES VEGETABLE FOOD HYDROGRAPHIC WATER TRANSFER HYDRO FILM DIP APE $13.99
100pc Clear Twine Tomato Vine Plant Branch Clips Mega 25mm SAVE  W BAY HYDRO 100pc Clear Twine Tomato Vine Plant Branch Clips Mega 25mm SAVE W BAY HYDRO $11.95
TOMATOES VEGETABLES FOOD DIP APE ACTIVATOR FILM COMBO HYDRO WATER TRANSFER TOMATOES VEGETABLES FOOD DIP APE ACTIVATOR FILM COMBO HYDRO WATER TRANSFER $19.99
Hydroponic Tomatoes by Resh 2002 Paperback Hydroponic Tomatoes by Resh 2002 Paperback $19.99

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Tomato Growing Tools

Tomato growing tools ranging from Topsy Turvy Planters and Tomato Tommy's Upside Down Planters to tomato growing greenhouses and hydroponic tomato grow equipment for sale. Clicking the links below will open a new window on eBay with a full description of the Topsy Turvy Planter or Tomato Tommy's Upside Down Planter.

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New and Improved Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Seen on TV Lot of 2 New and Improved Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Seen on TV Lot of 2 $19.96
Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter $14.99
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Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Set 30 Lbs Of Tomatoes As Seen On TV NEW Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Set 30 Lbs Of Tomatoes As Seen On TV NEW $17.99
Back to the Roots Self Watering Tomato Planter Grow Organic Cherry Tomatoes Back to the Roots Self Watering Tomato Planter Grow Organic Cherry Tomatoes $13.99
The Urbanscape Tomato Planter The Urbanscape Tomato Planter $210.17
Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Set Of Two 30 Lbs Planters As Seen On TV Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Set Of Two 30 Lbs Planters As Seen On TV $29.50
Ceramic Tomato and Herb Pot Planter 6 inch Ceramic Tomato and Herb Pot Planter 6 inch $4.96
US 2Pcs Potato Tomato Grow Bags Planter Storage Sack Growing Bags Garden Patio US 2Pcs Potato Tomato Grow Bags Planter Storage Sack Growing Bags Garden Patio $11.69
Vertical Gardening Strawberry Planter Garden Tomato Planters Polanter GREEN Vertical Gardening Strawberry Planter Garden Tomato Planters Polanter GREEN $27.00

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Topsy Turvy Tomato Planters

Topsy Turvy Tomato Planters for sale. You've seen them on TV, now you can buy Topsy Turvy planters at discount prices. These upside-down tomato planters allow you grow great tomatoes in less space, by hanging the planter. This also helps keep hungry critters from eating your tomato garden. Clicking the links below will open a new window on eBay with a full description of the Topsy Turvy Planter for sale.

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New and Improved Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Seen on TV Lot of 2 New and Improved Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Seen on TV Lot of 2 $19.96
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Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter $14.99
Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Set 30 Lbs Of Tomatoes As Seen On TV NEW Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Set 30 Lbs Of Tomatoes As Seen On TV NEW $17.99
Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter With Free Tomato Plant Seeds Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter With Free Tomato Plant Seeds $14.99
NEW  IMPROVED TOPSY TURVY UPSIDE DOWN TOMATO PLANTERNEW IN BOXFAST SHIP NEW IMPROVED TOPSY TURVY UPSIDE DOWN TOMATO PLANTERNEW IN BOXFAST SHIP $4.75
NEW LOT 2 TOPSY TURVY TOMATO PLANTER HANG DECK BALCONY PATIO UPSIDE DOWN NIB NEW LOT 2 TOPSY TURVY TOMATO PLANTER HANG DECK BALCONY PATIO UPSIDE DOWN NIB $8.88
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When to Pick

How to Tell When to Pick Your Tomatoes

Harvesting tomatoes is important for tomato plants to continue growing and producing. Knowing when to pick tomatoes when they are ripe and ready is not a natural skill for many people and it takes a few tries to really know when it is a good time to pick tomatoes off the vine.

Harvest season is usually during warm weather at an average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and generally 60 to 85 days after seedlings have grown. The early varieties including Springset, Spring Giant, and Campbell can be harvested at 65 days. Main season tomatoes have larger fruits and include the Beefeater, Big Boy, and Manalucie, which can be harvested after 70 to 85 days. The ripening process of a tomato comes in various stages and tomatoes begin to ripen from the bottom or “blossom end.” It is important to check tomatoes on a daily basis for picking.

Depending on the variety that is planted, it is useful to know when to pick them. Not all tomatoes have to be red for them to be ripe and some varieties are mature enough to be picked when they are green because they will continue to ripen. Tomatoes come in different varieties including red, yellow and green.

One way of knowing how to tell when to pick your tomatoes is by looking at the bottom of a tomato because that is where it begins to ripen. Some tomatoes are ripe even before they reach their full color. When the skin of a tomato appears to be smooth and waxy and the texture is soft but durable, it is time to pick it off the vine.

A tomato is ready to be harvested when it has an even color, is glossy and is neither too soft nor too firm. To pick tomatoes, either cut off the top of the plant or remove the individual fruits off the vine. Once the harvest continues, you can pick tomatoes a day or two before they are fully ripe so that they can continue to mature in the kitchen.

When summer begins to fade and temperatures drop, there may be some green tomatoes left on the vine. Mature green tomatoes can be picked to continue their ripening process even during the fall. Tomatoes with a blush of color on their blossom end can be picked, washed, air dried and wrapped individually in newspaper and placed in a box in a cool and dark place to continue ripening. Green tomatoes can be used for a number dishes.

Testing for Ripeness

For beginner gardeners who want to make sure a green tomato is ripe, it is helpful to cut the first few in half to train the eye. If the knife is able to cut the seeds, then the tomato is still immature. Green and yellow tomatoes that are ripe have a white to yellow colored star shape on the end where the fruit blossoms. The overall color of these ripe tomatoes is usually yellow or has an amber colored blush.

It is better to test for a ripe tomato by touching and it should be soft to the touch. When the green tomato has a blossomed end that is pink, it is at a good stage for picking and will further ripen without gassing. This stage of the tomato occurs within 24 hours of a mature green stage. These tomatoes are generally known as “vine-ripe,” and if they are left on the vine for another 24 hours, color will begin to appear.

Storage

Tomatoes that are fully ripened should be stored at room temperature for the best flavor. For longer lasting tomatoes, store them in the refrigerator but in the warmest part. Picking tomatoes when they have reached their peak for ripeness will provide you with flavorful and nutritious tomatoes.

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Pests & Disease

Common Tomato Pests and Pest control

When Spring is around the corner, it is an exciting time to begin planting and harvesting tomatoes. Many people experience the nuisance of pests invading their gardens but there are always ways to control pests, including natural methods.

It is important to identify the types of pests that are disturbing your tomato plants and the most common ones are aphids, blister beetles, hornworms, stink bugs and Fruitworms.

  • Aphids are very tiny green or black insects that may or may not have wings. These creatures tend to remain underneath leaves or stems and usually suck the plant, leaving the leaves curled and distorted. For a natural way of getting rid of aphids is spraying your tomato plants with water or using lady beetles as effective predators.
  • Blister Beetles are skinny gray, black or striped beetles that eat the leaves of the tomato plants, but the larvae actually eat grasshopper eggs. Blister Beetles may appear late in the growing season but can be hand-picked, however they may let out a fluid for self-defense.
  • Tomato Hornworms are long green caterpillars and have horns on their rear ends. These caterpillars eat the foliage and can even eat the green tomatoes. They camouflage with the leaves but generally appear underneath the leaf stripped branches. Hornworms are actually the larvae of Hawk moths or Sphynx moths which lay eggs in the Spring under plant leaves.
  • Stink bugs come in a number colors and release a foul odor and suck on sap from the plants or tomatoes. This weakens the plants resulting in bad buds and fruits. It is possible to tell if stink bugs have been around if there are yellow or white spots under the skin of a ripe fruit.
  • Tomato Fruitworms or Corn Earworms are also common and are green, brown or pink with light stripes. They are also the larvae of various moths that lay eggs near the stem of the green tomatoes where the larvae will hatch and eat away at the fruit.

While there are many chemical pesticides to use for pest control, a better alternative is to use more natural and organic methods of controlling unwanted insects and bugs. Here are some homemade and organic suggestions for pest control.

Pruning: When you trim tomato plants and get rid of leaves that are too close to the ground, you will increase air flow and decrease the chances of pests getting on the leaves.

Rotating varieties: A natural way of avoiding pests in a tomato garden is rotating the varieties of tomatoes every year.

Cornmeal: If your tomato plants are experiencing hornworms, a sprinkle of cornmeal on the ground around the base of the plant will cause hornworms to have digestion problems followed by death.

Companion Planting: By planting other plants, herbs and vegetables, it is possible to control pests in tomato gardens by drawing away certain kinds of tomato pests. Here are some examples:

  • Garlic, sweet corn and onions planted near tomatoes will keep away many common pests including tomato fruitworms, red spider mites.
  • Basil, Mint and Borage planted near tomatoes can also protect the plant from a number of pests. Basil may even add flavor to the tomatoes.

Homemade repellants and sprays are good natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Other options can include Insecticidal Soap which works when sprayed onto the target and Botanical pesticides such as Neem, Rotenone, Pyrethrin, Sabadilla, and Pyola, which combines canola oil with pyrethrins. Boric Acid is another natural insecticide, biocide and fungicide.

If the conditions of your tomato garden are extremely overrun with pests, you may have to resort to more aggressive control methods. By using natural pesticides, tomato plants will produce healthier and nutritious tomatoes.

For a visual guide to tomato diseases and problem solving, checkout the Texas A & M Tomato Disorders - a guide to identifying common tomato problems and diseases.

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About

We're avid gardeners in the arid Southwest and we grow a full range of plants. From spices and herbs to exotic subtropical and tropical fruit plants. One of our biggest challenges was how to successfully grow tomatoes in our hot desert climate. As we've researched tomato growing in various parts of the world, we've learned much about what works, what doesn't work, and many of the myths about gardening. It would be a shame to keep this information to ourselves, so we set up this site to share tomato gardening knowledge. Any visitor can comment on any page and leave their own tips, tricks, secrets, and insight. We are seeking to create an online encyclopedia of the best practices for sustainably growing tomatoes in the home garden, while preserving the best tasting tomato varieties and knowledge for future generations.

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