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I'm sharing this tip now so if you like, you will have time to make a little hot house for your tomato plant. It can help to produce tomatoes a month early.
Last spring, on 4-18-18, I purchased a large tomato plant that actually had a little tomato on it and some blooms. I planted it the same day in a large container beside the deck. It is on the east side of the house, gets full sun in the morning and is protected from the north. I made a little hot house for the tomato plant.
The temperatures were still cool, in the 60s during the day and dropping down into the 30s and 40s at night. This was not tomato growing weather and I didn't know if the tomato vine would do well or not.
It did great. We picked our first tomato on June 3. It made 2 lip smacking good tomato sandwiches. By June 18 we had enjoyed 3 ripe tomatoes from this vine. By June 22, we had 6 more that would be ripe within a few days. The vine produced tomatoes all summer and we had fried green tomatoes in the fall.
We don't typically get tomatoes out of the garden until the middle of July. These early tomatoes were a real treat.
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In just 3 days, this plant has grown enough that I had to move the tent up a notch.The plastic holds the moisture in and keeps the inside warm and humid. I should be able to remove the plastic completely by the first of May.
good idea except potting soil is for house plants. You might want to add some peat humus.
You are right about that. Thank you.
It's not all potting soil. Actually, I have some dirt, out of our garden, and also some very old cow manure in the barrel as well as the potting soil. I should have listed that also.
I can't say how well this plant will do for us this year but it is growing like a weed and looks really healthy.
The picture of the red tomato in my hand was the 1st tomato we got off our vine last year.