Grow "home grown" organic tomatoes with an intensive method

Louis Ver from Pennsylvania used this method to grow a 23 foot high tomato plant. Most of us wouldn't want a plant that tall but we can surely learn from his method to achieve bigger tomato yields.

Loius Ver, a gardener from Allentown Pennsylvania didn't have much space in his garden so he decided to grow a tomato plant up the side of his brick house.

Here's how he did it. At the base of the wall he dug in some fish heads six to eight inches deep. Then he planted the tomato seedlings in a mixture of loam topped by four inches of peat moss. He surrounded the area with 18-inch corrugated sheeting. He topped it off with a two-inch thick mulch of peanut shells. He watered the tomatoes regularly and occasionally gave them a gallon of water mixed with one cupful of dried cow manure.

Louis Ver started his seedlings on April 1st and transplanted the seedlings out on May 1st. He was already starting to pick ripe tomatoes by July. By August (when he stopped counting) the 23 foot plant had yielded over 200 tomatoes, enough for his family, friends and neighbors.

Growing better organic tomatoes based on an "old native indian" method

Back in the 1970's, John Krill of North Lima, Ohio wrote to the editors of Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine to tell them of the big, beautiful tomatoes he was getting based on a modified native indian tomato growing method. Here's how he did it:

Choose the place in your garden with the most sun. Dig a hole about 18-inches deep and wide. Fill the bottom of the hole with about 3-inches of corn cobs. Then add a few fish heads, or if not available add 2-inches of cow, chicken or rotted horse manure (or use dried manure purchased from a garden center). On top of this, add about 4 inches of rich soil or good compost.

Your tomato seedlings should be sturdy plants up to a foot tall. Water them well the day before planting: soaking them in their pots in a bucket of water for an hour works well. Next, pinch off each leaf except for the pair of leaves at the very top of the plant. If the seedling is very long you can plant it in a sloping trench rather than vertically. Some people have a difficult time removing all but the top pair of leaves from their tomato seedlings. Once planted, it doesn't look like much, all you can see is a small pair of leaves just above the soil. The results are worth it! The entire length of the buried stem will grow root hairs: each one drawing moisture and nutrients up to the plant. Tomatoes planted with this method rapidly overtake those planted at the original soil level. Fill in with garden soil and water well.

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Here is what happens in the growing season: The corn cobs suck up moisture, the moisture reacts on the manure or fish heads which produces heat. The heat from the manure warms the soil. The extra warmth in the soil ensures rapid and continued growth of the tomato plant. The roots will grow downward into the manure and absorb the nutrients from the fish heads or manure. Now that the hard work is done, just stand back and watch them grow.