Throughout this class, you'll get the techniques and tips you need to enjoy a bountiful harvest of heirloom tomatoes, with instruction from expert gardener Marie Iannotti. Learn about unique heirloom varieties, and discover which type will grow best in your geographic area. Then, get started with seeds as you learn how to plant, repot and even light your seedlings for robust growth. Next, expertly transition your plants to the outdoors with proper mulch, homemade pesticides and routine pruning to help them thrive. You'll even uncover the benefits of companion planting and learn about the various support structures available for your plants. Finally, find out how to harvest your fruit, store your crop and save your seeds for rich tomatoes, year after year. Plus, for tomato lovers short on space, Marie will share tricks for container gardening and demonstrate how to make an upside down tomato planter!
Meet your instructor, author and Master Gardener emeritus Marie Iannotti, as she introduces you to the wonderful world of heirloom tomatoes. You'll learn about determinate and indeterminate varieties, regional characteristics to take into consideration and tips to help you start planning for your own tomato plants.
Start with the basics and work your way up to more complex considerations as Marie walks you through the fundamentals of starting seeds. Weigh your options between various types of lighting, soil, pots and watering systems to set your seedlings up for success. Marie shares pro tips on buying, repotting and caring for your seedlings as they grow.
Take your classroom to your garden as you learn how to assess the soil's pH, identify ways to provide your seedlings with the nutrients they'll need and determine the best areas for sun exposure. Marie also shows you how to support your plants and give them access to as much sunlight and airflow as possible with the use of cages, trellises and more.