TomatoCoupon5-1527x583

 (Click to display larger coupon)

Granny is on a mission for every child to have the opportunity to have their own little garden. To get them started, she is giving away more than 200 baby red Roma tomato plants to children at the plant sale, May 7-8th .

These old fashioned tomatoes produce an abundance of tomatoes for children to eat, share or even sell to neighbors. If a few of the tomatoes split and drop on the ground, leave them and you will have more plants next year! Coupons must be presented by the children.

402-00-0-free-cherry-tomato2Directions

Tomato plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day to produce well.

You can grow your cherry tomato plants in the ground or in a very large container (i.e. a 5-gallon bucket).

Just about anything will do as long as it is at least 18″ deep and has (or you can drill) holes in it.

Remember, plants grown in pots will dry out faster then those grown in the ground, so they need watering more often.

The example at left ca402-0-00-stake-tomatoesme from Pinterest. If you would like your containers to match, plastic is easy to paint and holds the paint really well.

Note: My grandmother, an old fashioned country gardener, grew about an acre of tomatoes every year for her family of 13 and never staked a one but let them sprawl.

We find the best time to set up whatever method you are going to use to support your tomatoes is at the time they are planted. Later on, it’s difficult to avoid damaging the roots.

We prefer a tall tomato cage stuck in the soil as far as we can get it and attached to a tall piece of rebar or a fence.

In the garden, a tomato cage by itself will usually fall over sometime during the season. However, in a large container, you will be able to insert it the full eighteen inches; something we cannot do even with our great soil.

Nylons are great for tying tomato plants to a support.

I don’t know if deer are particularly fond of tomatoes, but they love the plants.

Your cherry tomato plant is indeterminate. That means it is not a bush but a vine – actually multiple vines. They will keep on growing and, if you keep them picked, they will keep producing until frost.

Consequently, it will eventually outgrow even the tallest cage. We grow our cherry tomatoes along a fence, tie the cages to the fence and then when the vines grow out of the cage, they can be tied along the fence. Or, you can just let them waterfall down over the sides of the cage.