If You love Homegrown Tomatoes
There could be many reasons that you can’t grow your own. You live in an apartment, you work too much, or you live in an area that has impossible soil that will take so much time to prepare. Clay soil can be time-consuming, just to be able to grow a plant sometimes takes a few seasons to prepare the soil.
I have seen areas that do not grow well. I personally lost two beautiful roses and many ornamental plants when I moved from one area to another. Just trying to fathom how much work it would take to ready the soil to try again was too much. Read my post on getting your soil ready if you have a clay soil problem, or if you want to learn how to prepare your soil for next year.
Many People opt for Container Growing
As explained in my previous post on Container Gardening, that is a wonderful alternative to planting a full blown garden. For space and time, it is a wonderful choice for many who work and have little time to garden. There are so many decorative pots to display your indoor garden. Indoor Vertical Garden Planters are amazing. Check these out. Vertical Gardening Flower Planter by Mr Stacky – Stackable Garden Pots – Grow Strawberry Herbs Pepper and More Indoor or Outdoor
What if You Could Have Tomatoes All Winter Using The Same Concept?
I have found that there are several varieties of tomatoes that are considered indeterminate. That means they never stop producing tomatoes. Amazing discovery I must say. Who Knew?
Most varieties of tomatoes are determinate. Tomatoes are grown and produce the tomatoes, then they are done. Indeterminate tomatoes, grow indefinitely. They will not stop producing tomatoes. They only stop because the season stops them.
Just imagine. There should be no tomato bugs or pests to eat them if you grow them indoors. I think they will be the best and tastiest of them all.
No one loves a homegrown Mator Sandwich as much as I do
I eat so many mator sandwiches in the summer. I love only homegrown varieties. The store bought does not work for me. They are ok for burgers or stuff but just plain with bread and mayo, no way. They have to be homegrown.
I am so excited that I am going to be able to enjoy my mator sandwiches all winter long. I can’t wait to start my winter tomato plant.
It’s best to start the plant in a container outside. I know it’s getting late to start tomatoes, but this one is going to be brought indoors to keep growing. If you have tomatoes outside in a container that’s great, this one will be for your winter supply. Don’t worry that it is behind in the growing process, this is the mother lode of your tomatoes.
Indeterminate Tomatoes Are Mostly The Vine Tomatoes Type
So, if your tomato plant is the vine type, you will need to support it. I am going to use sticks that I find to brace the plant. I think it would look lovely instead of the normal tomato cage. Hold your branches to the support with old sheet ties so you don’t damage the stem. I will post a pic when mine is ready. I am still looking for the right sticks to use. So start planning now which kind you will use.
I am constantly finding sticks that are usable in my yard from the tree. I think the squirrels are throwing them at me because I didn’t put nuts out for them. Don’t laugh, the birds yell at me when their feeder is empty. So it’s possible the squirrels are sending me a message too. LOL, I love my outdoor critters.
Plant in a container that you will want to keep in a sunny area of your home. Mine is in my dining room. I have two windows in the corner that get both sun exposure so it will do great along with all my re-grows that I have there. The re-grows are also great savings. You can find my post on re-growing your veggies Trust me, you will save tons of money, so be sure to go there.
Varieties of Indeterminate Tomatoes
You can always buy your indeterminate tomatoes already growing but make sure it is the right one. The seed packets will tell you what kind they are. So here is a list of indeterminate tomatoes.
- Cherry Purple
- Cherry Roma
- Porterhouse Roma
- Italian Ice Hybrid
- Big Beef Hybrid
- Razzle Dazzle Hybrid
- Fourth Of July Hybrid
- Mountain Magic Hybrid
- Gardeners Delight
- Little Mama
- Tye- Dye Hybrid
- Big Mama Hybrid
Planting By Seed
Seed packets should say if the plant is determinate or indeterminate. So you can go that route also. Local markets and stores carry seeds that you can choose from. Amazon has discounted seeds, I also have bought from them with much success. Here are some Amazon links.30+ ORGANICALLY GROWN GIANT 1-2 LB Mr. Stripey Tomato Seeds, Heirloom NON-GMO, Low Acid, Indeterminate, Open-Pollinated, Rich Flavor, From USA You will find all kinds of great seeds that are indeterminate.
Planting By Cuttings
If you have an Indeterminate Tomato Plant Already growing, You can take cuttings. I cut the top 12 in off and put them in water. They should be ready to plant in 10 days.
Then I am planting both of them in a large 25 to 35 lb. bucket. I use the empty cat litter buckets that I buy for my cat’s litter box. You can cover it with contact paper or paint it, your imagination, your style to fit your decor. Recycle and Reuse. A large bucket is all you will need.
Start collecting branches and sticks to make your trellis, Indeterminate Tomato Plants will vine to about 12 feet. You can prune them down as they are growing to keep them from going crazy. Use some twine to hold the two largest branches to the outside of the bucket.
Small branches are easy to find. I found some great ones at Belle Isle, a State Park, here in Detroit. Or you can trim branches off any vegetation in your yard. Take a family trip outdoors to the park or your nearest wooded area.
Using scrap wire of any kind or zip ties to hold the smaller branches to the two large branches, creating a trellis. All free, or cheap, so cool.
If you don’t want to make your own, try these Panacea Products 36-Inch Fan Pot Trellis, Green Just pop them in the bucket and your done.
When the Tomato Plant starts climbing, tie the stems to the trellis loosely with torn pieces of old sheets.
Cut holes in the bottom of the bucket and fill 1/4 of the bucket with stones and rocks. Find a square container a little larger than the bucket to catch the overflow of water. It should be at least 3 in deep and extend 2 in from the bucket.
Make sure the soil you put in the bucket is nutrient rich. I am using Miracle-Gro 71683127 Nature’s Care Organic Potting Mix with Water Conserve, 32-Quart (currently ships to select Northeastern & Midwestern states).
Mix your nutrient rich potting soil with basic potting soil to fill the bucket. Use potting mix specific for your area. U.S., U.K. and other countries may have to use a different type that is available in your area. Just pay attention to the nutrient rich soil to give your Tomatoes a great start.
There are also LED grow lamps that are very economical to run. I found a perfect one for indoor plants.LED Grow Light Bulb With FREE Clamp Reflector By ProLedGrow – 12 LEDS In Blue & Red Light – 12W Hydroponics Lights- Full Spectrum E27 Grow Listing System For Indoor Garden, Plants, Vegetables, Flowers
If you are considering growing great vegetables indoors, you want a good light for them to grow. You probably have a few sunny windows, though I have a feeling if you try one Tomato or any other plant I posted about that you can grow indoors, you will most likely want to continue to grow more.
I am expanding my grow this year. I am adding two Tomatoes to my grows. I am going to save the windows I have for my re-grows. This lamp is perfect for two Tomato plants to grow big and strong in the corner of my dining room. I can’t wait to walk in there and pick fresh homegrown Tomatoes for my meals. I will post pictures when they are ready.
Try to start your Tomato Plant outside until it’s time to bring it in. You should leave the Tomato Plant outdoors for at least a month. If you don’t have that much time, it’s ok, a good grow light will be enough. If there is a danger of a frost, bring them indoors.
I Really Hope You Will Try at Least One Tomato Plant
All of us who love tomatoes could benefit from this way of growing tomatoes indoors this winter. So plan now what type you are going to grow and get started. Don’t forget how good tomatoes are for your body and you can benefit your health by growing you own homegrown tomatoes.
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