Q&A call with Ernie Shivers
What is the best way for growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers?
“Plants that you shouldn’t grow near tomatoes include cucumbers, cantalope, some types of squash and other vegetables that grow along the ground. These plants will get into your tomato plants and grow up the vines and perhaps hinder the tomato growth, so it would be better to grow those in another location.”
Is it possible to grow tomatoes from the seeds of a tomato that you buy from a supermarket?
“Maybe, but if it’s a hybrid tomato it will produce a plant but no tomatoes. However, if it’s an heirloom tomato, then you would get the plant and the fruit.”
I had a problem with the chip monk, I was told to go to my nearest monastery and talk to the frier about it.
“The best way to handle chipmunks is to get a mesh screen and put it around the base of the plant. They primarily go after the green or ripe tomatoes.”
I’d be interested on any tips you may have on controlling pests!
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I’m trying to grow tomato plants indoors with homemade upside down hanging planters… how much water should I use when watering and is their a special soil to use?
“Have plenty of sun shine, good soil, water frequently, fertilize from time to time. Treat the same way you would a tomato plant in the ground.”
From California: I am having a problem with white flys this year, more then last year on some of my tropical plants and I want to keep them away from my tomato plants. I have learned that worm castings work well so I am going to give them a shot and see what happens there.
“I’ve used soap suds on my tomato plants to keep white flies away. You could also use a mild insecticide.”
I am growing tomatoes in pots. Is there any way to keep the bugs off of them without having to use chemicals? Is there a right way to grow tomatoes in pots?
“It depends on the bug, whether it flies or stays on the plant.”
“We have a video that covers how to grow tomatoes in pots.”
My husband is growing tomatoes in our backyard in tubs. For the last 2 years the bottoms start to turn a tannish brown when the tomato is ripening? What are we doing wrong?
“That sounds like blossom end rot. Handle that by putting a little lime in the soil with the plant; the lime will control that blossom end rot.”
I live in north florida and i want to grow tomatoes. what varieties should i try? It gets very hot here in the summer.
“Shade the plant during the hot weeks of the summer using an open mesh cloth to shadow your tomatoes. Of course watering your plant every day can help with that as well.” “Some people get this problem when planting next to a brick wall or something that reflects the sun’s heat on to the plant.”
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