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Make Room for Tomatoes in the Lawn

By Newyorkrita
March 4, 2014

No room for a conventional veggie garden? Think outside the box. I put new garden beds in the lawn.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 3, 2014 6:59 PM CST
Rita,

Wonderful & informative article! Hurray! Thumbs up

What varieties do you grow?

Which ones over the years have grown the best?

Which ones are the tastiest?

How high are your squared tomato cages? Do you use only tomato cages?

How many tomatoes do you grow?

How much space in the lawn do they take?

Thank You! for writing this! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 3, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Humm, I would need a novel to answer all this questions. Rolling on the floor laughing

Last year I had about 60 tomato plants. My two favorites are Big Boy and Better Boy. I was using those triangle type green collapsible cages.

There are three tomato beds in the lawn and not all my 60 tomatoes were grown there.
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abhege
Mar 3, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Oh Rita, seeing those pictures wish your winter was over too! I can't wait to see this years photos!!!!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 3, 2014 7:44 PM CST
It looked so green and inviting in those pictures. Makes me dream of spring.
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Marilyn
Mar 3, 2014 7:58 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:Humm, I would need a novel to answer all this questions. Rolling on the floor laughing


Hilarious!

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 3, 2014 7:59 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:Humm, I would need a novel to answer all this questions. Rolling on the floor laughing

Last year I had about 60 tomato plants. My two favorites are Big Boy and Better Boy. I was using those triangle type green collapsible cages.

There are three tomato beds in the lawn and not all my 60 tomatoes were grown there.


Rita, Thank You! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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DavidofDeLand
Mar 3, 2014 8:08 PM CST
Then you need 70 this year! Whistling Your neighbors must love you since you don't can them. You do freeze them though as I remember?
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 3, 2014 9:05 PM CST
I do freeze a few. But mostly I eat them and give them away.
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blue23rose
Mar 4, 2014 5:18 AM CST
I can't think of a better way to use space than tomatoes! You certainly do have a lot.
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SongofJoy
Mar 4, 2014 7:50 AM CST
You are amazing, Rita. I can't help but marvel. nodding
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canadanna
Mar 4, 2014 8:05 AM CST
What nicely organized beds. Hurray! Do you ever put a tomato plant in the same bed as the perennials?
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Paul2032
Mar 4, 2014 9:19 AM CST
Great article Rita. I grow only 8 plants in a raised bed. Just enough for sandwichs and salads. I worked some fertilizer into the soil yesterday and some time this week I'm going to and old dairy farm and getting some 20+ year old manure to add as organic matter. I'm going to find my Wall of Waters and will have plants out in 2 weeks unless it turns cold. I went and looked at tomatoes yesterday as I buy plants and do not grow from seed, Here is what I saw.....
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Thumb of 2014-03-04/Paul2032/b23f72I'll plant one of these...a favorite.


Thumb of 2014-03-04/Paul2032/291568 this one is very popular but is not one of my favorites.


Thumb of 2014-03-04/Paul2032/16e328I've planted this before but it isn't that much earlier for me and mediocre fruit...


Thumb of 2014-03-04/Paul2032/a7949eThink I will try one of these.


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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 4, 2014 9:50 AM CST
Wow, Paul. Lots of seedlings available in your area. It is so early and so cold that there are none here. Which is good because it will be a long time till we can plant.

Anna, I put tomatoes in the back of one of my daylily beds, in by the fence.

Thanks everyone. I just wanted everyone to think outside the box if they think they have no room for new veggie space.
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Cem9165
Mar 4, 2014 4:46 PM CST
Thanks for a great article Rita. I wish I could grow tomatoes in my lawn, but my HOA has a covenant and restrictions about growing a vegetable garden which I just think is ridiculous!

I grow them in pots on my deck, that's not visible to the neighbors once the Knock Out roses fill in for the spring. I have been growing them from seed for several years, and when I have too many plants, I give them away to friends kids to grow and have fun with.

Thanks again, your pictures inspired me to do a good job with the tomatoes this year.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 4, 2014 5:33 PM CST
Ah yes, one reason I will never live anywhere with an HOA. Rediculous rules.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 4, 2014 6:18 PM CST
SongofJoy said:You are amazing, Rita. I can't help but marvel. nodding


I agree Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 4, 2014 6:22 PM CST
*Blush* Hilarious!
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 4, 2014 6:40 PM CST
Group hug Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

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