Growing Cherry Tomatoes for Market

Jeff Poppen learns the methods necessary for growing a successful crop of cherry tomatoes in a market garden greenhouse. Bloomsbury Farm in Smyrna TN uses mulched leaves as compost to improve the soil structure. They use the Florida weave trellising system for some varieties, while with others the Lower and Lean Method is used.

Gardener Extras

  1. Adding compost to soil will provide a slow release of nutrients, improve soil structure, balance the soil's pH, and increase water retention.
  2. The Florida weave trellising system is economical, time saving, and highly effective for keeping tomatoes off the ground.
  3. Using the Lower and Lean method encourages vigorous fruit production on vines that can grow up to 40-70 feet long.
  4. Baking soda has alkaline properties. By spritzing a baking soda solution on tomato plants, the surface becomes more alkaline, creating an unsuitable environment for blight to take hold.

Gardener Notes Open to public every Friday from March thru December. 2:30-6:30pm. Rain or shine. 9398 Del Thomas Road Smyrna TN 37167

Jeff Poppen

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