Spring is fast approaching which means vegetable and tomato planting season. I’m a novice when it comes to vegetable gardening but I do have a few tricks to share. These tomatoes are from last year’s garden. It was a horrible year for tomatoes in Portland in 2010. Hopefully, this year will be much improved! Here’s how I’m preparing for tomato season.
I’m collecting fish scraps and egg shells. I keep these in the freezer, clearly marked. Usually, I compost my egg shells but at this time of year, we put them into a separate container and save them for tomato planting day. The fish scraps came from the grocery store and were free. Check with your seafood department to see if they’ll give you some fish scraps. Most are happy to share these. Also, if you’re buying a whole fish, ask for your scraps (head and bones) to be placed in a separate package. You’re paying for the whole fish, you may as well put the scraps to good use.
I know this may not look very appetizing to you but your little tomato plants will be so happy!
Are you putting in a vegetable garden this year? What is your favorite food to grow? What is the easiest vegetable to grow? What tricks do you have?
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