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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gardening - Let's Talk Tomatoes

TAKING SELF-RELIANCE SERIOUSLY AND JOYFULLY
LET’S TALK TOMATOES!

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone taught us which skills we should develop in order to provide for our needs: “Now regarding home production…Plant fruit trees, grapevines, berry bushes, and vegetables. You will provide food for your family, much of which can be eaten fresh. Other food you grow can be preserved and included as part of your home storage…."

“I remember when the sisters used to say, ‘Well, but we could buy it at the store a lot cheaper than we can put it up.’ But that isn’t quite the answer, is it? … Because there will come a time when there isn’t any store.” (President Kimball, April 1974 Welfare Session.)

Be determined. We have been commanded to be self-reliant, so let’s have fun, faith and get on with it! Put aside ideas of failure and trust the Lord. Pray about it! Determine to do it!

“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees… Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard.” (President Kimball, Ensign, May 1976, p. 124).

“Ingredients”

Gloves.
Hand trowel.
Sunny spot in the back or side yard, or a large container (about 18” wide and deep)
Bag of good potting soil.
Bag of good compost manure blend.
Potted tomato plant, about six to ten inches high, ready for planting. “Determinate” if in a pot. “Indeterminate” if in the ground or a box you can stake.

How To:

Find a good spot to plant, one that provides a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day on level ground.

Here in Sacramento County, we have clay soil. You need to mix that up with bags of compost and potting soil. Buy at Wal Mart, they have the best prices I’ve seen for both. With a shovel, spade or your hands, mix the heavy clay soil with the potting mixes and compost materials. It must crumble fairly well, so don’t skimp on soil treatment. Even a pot needs good planting soil.

When planting a seedling or 10” or so high plant, plant a little above the bottom leaves. You want the plant fairly deep in the ground.

Water well. Plan on watering every other day, deeply, even in the summer. More than that can make the plant grow more leaves than fruit.

Now you have decided to commit to this. GREAT! Plant it now, it’s early enough the harvest will be wonderful in June, July, August, September and October!!! Maybe even November! Keep an eye on your garden. This is your baby. Talk to the plants. Watch for bugs on them and remove them promptly. Enjoy the weather and God’s nature!

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