Tomato Jim's Soil Structure Test Results

The soils in the neighborhood where I took my sample are predominately clay, so I would expect my test to reflect that.  I checked my jar after a few days, and sure enough, the soil had separated into layers consisting of 45% clay, 22% silt, and 33% sand. According to...

Determining Your Soil Structure

When starting a new garden it's good to know what kind of soil you've got.  Soil particles range in size from very small clay particles to medium-sized silt to larger sand.  Clay holds water best but allows little aeration, while sand provides fast drainage and good...

Indoor Gardening? Avoid These 5 Bad Habits

There are a lot of bad habits when it comes to indoor gardening or having indoor plants. Here are 5 bad habits that I know first-hand: 1. Inconsistent watering. Most all of my outdoor plants are on an automatic watering system. They get watered regularly and...

Microorganisms: Your Garden Soil’s Best Friends

Did you know that there are millions of soil microorganisms in just a handful of healthy garden soil? Soil microorganisms exist in large numbers in the soil as long as there is a carbon source for energy. The microorganisms living in your soil - including protozoa,...

Tomato Jim: Preparing For Spring Tomatoes

It is never too early to start planning for next Spring's tomato season! Since my tomato-growing containers are clean and dry,  I like to add new soil and fertilizer now so it can sit and compost over the winter.  I filled the containers about ¾ full with a quality...

Tomato Jim – After The Harvest

It is November, and our growing season here in Flagstaff is over.  Now is the best time to get my tomato-growing containers ready for next spring.  Tomato diseases can remain in the soil for up to three years, re-infecting new plants, so it is best to change out the...

Tomato Jim's Final Tomato Harvest

My tomato growing season in the high country has come to an end. Flagstaff received its first frost this year on September 23 (31 degrees.)  I knew it was coming so I covered the tomatoes with towels and a heavy blanket.  The plants came through the cold night without...

Tomato Jim's Flagstaff, Arizona Tomatoes

In Flagstaff I have been picking ripe tomatoes nearly every day.  The “Kellogs Breakfast” and “Black Carbon” have been the most numerous lately.  The “Stupice” have slowed down.  The “Cherokee Green” has numerous fruit on the plant, but none have ripened yet. Plants...

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