Summer heat is in full effect, and it’s the perfect time to indulge in cold foods that will keep you feeling refreshed! Nothing tastes quite as delicious as fresh ingredients straight from your garden. Check out this tomato, basil + chickpea salad recipe that will satisfy your taste buds and help keep you cool!
Tomato lovers, have we got plants for you! With the huge variety of tomatoes we have down at Garden Supply, from teeny-tiny cherries to grandiose Beefsteaks and everything in between, there is sure to be something for every gardener and culinary taste out there. We have all your popular favorites, as well as harder to find heirlooms, in a large range of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Amish Paste, Moonglow, Beefsteak, Hungarian Heart, Kelloggs Breakfast, Cherokee, Pineapple Hawaiian, Mexico Midget, Celebrity, Lemon Boy, 'Juliet Hybrid', Better Boy, Roma, Patio, German Johnson, Grape, and Sweet 100s..we've got them all down at the garden center.
We also have everything you'll need to grow bigger, more abundant tomato plants from potting soils, soil amender, compost and mulch to slow release tomato fertilizer to several problem-solving planting containers for those with little or no yard space.
The Bosmere Tomato Planter Bag is ideal for decks, patios, and balconies. No need for a garden. No digging required! The planter can hold 1 or 2 plants, depending on type and variety of tomato chosen.
Another unique planting option is the Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter, which allows you to grow delicious vegetables right outside your door. The planter hangs on decks, balconies or patios and eliminates the need for weeding, caging and staking. With the Topsy Turvy, you can grow fresh tomatoes in 3 easy steps:
1. Put the plants into the ports 2. Put soil in the bag 3. Add water in the top
I was so curious about the idea of this unusual growing method, that I've decided to try the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter myself. Topsy Turvy's statement that this planter will solve nearly every problem associated with tomato culture sounds too good to not give a try. "No more soil to prepare, holes to dig, cages, stakes, typing up, wedding, no more on-your-knees work and no more ground animals, insects, fungus, bacteria or nematodes". By golly, I'm excited to see how it works!
I've decided to try two planters with two different varieties of tomato. For my experiment, I've chosen a smaller species, the Grape tomato, as well as a medium-sized grower, the Patio tomato. The Topsy Turvy planter comes with a helpful gardening tips guide and step-by-step instructions. I was able to quickly and easily set up the planters on my own.
Over the next few months, I'll share with you my results and observations utilizing this unusual growing planter. I do have to admit to being charmed so far. A few tips I can pass along from the installation stage are to be sure to hang your planter from a very secure location, as the bag becomes quite heavy once the soil is added. Also, find a small plant to get started, preferably one in a 6-pack cell, as the bottom insertion opening of the planter is not very wide. I had to manipulate my 4" potted tomatoes to get them to fit through, which can cause damage to the fragile plant if you're not careful.
The Topsy Turvy also grows other vegetables, such as bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplants, and more. Look for our Topsy Turvy strawberry planter and hot pepper planter, as well as the tomato planter, in the Greenhouse.
Besides tomatoes, we have quite a few other summer growing vegetables in stock including yellow squash, sweet bell peppers, 'long red slim' cayenne peppers, red sweet peppers, 'sweet banana' peppers, and jalapenos.
And we also have received an absolutely gorgeous shipment of sweet basil.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you all down at Garden Supply soon, and I'll catch you back here tomorrow for more snippets from the garden.