Did you know that a single tomato plant can yield more than twenty pounds of fruit over the course of a season? A plant that productive definitely requires some maintenance, but it’s also a terrific investment. In fact, a tomato seedling usually costs about the same as a pound of tomatoes at the store! That means that growing your own tomatoes is a great way to save money on food without sacrificing taste—to the contrary, most people will tell you that there’s no comparison between fresh homegrown tomatoes and the pale fruits you typically find at the grocery store.
If you want to enjoy tomatoes right off the vine from your backyard, window box, or hanging basket, you’ll want to join us for the next workshop in the Plant Providence series on Saturday, June 4th, when Thom the Tomato Guy will give you all the tips you need to produce and preserve a bumper crop this summer! “Taming Your Tomatoes” will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at the Fox Point Community Garden near the corner of Gano St. and Power St. on the east side of Providence. You’ll get practical advice about planting, staking, tomato care (watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding), and ways to fend off the pests that enjoy the taste of tomatoes as much as we do. You’ll also learn about some popular methods of preparing and saving the fruits, such as drying them and preserving them in oil.
The workshop is free—preregister here! Here’s to great salads, sauces, and soups this year.
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