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Topping Off Tomatoes and Replanting | Videos

The Tidy Treats variety of container tomato plant is unique because it has the size of a determinate but produces like an indeterminate. So while it's made for containers, containers vary! But you can still grow some healthy and happy tomatoes in a mason jar, even a pint sized jar. While it may continue to grow up for a couple feet you can always control how big they get by cutting the stem, or what's called "topping off". It sounds scary but don't be scared! Would you rather have an out of control plant, or have a smaller manageable size with bunches of tomatoes as tall as your basil plants. Below are some videos showing the progress of originally topping off...

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One Reason Your Seeds Are Not Growing And How To Fix It

When it comes to starting seeds this is a common problem that beginner gardeners tend to ask themselves in frustration. Why aren’t my seeds growing?! Beginner or not each seed is different in terms of size, type, and germination and many times it is trial and error. Some seeds need weeks to germinate, others may need help by scraping the seed to wear it down a bit to have an easier time opening up, others really prefer light and to not be covered up at all. While each seed may be different there is usually a common thread to this age old question, particularly in terms of indoor gardening and container gardening. And that is overwatering.You may have heard that...

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Harvesting Bright Lights Swiss Chard Grown From Seed | Video

Do you need a large growing space to grow palm sized, and even bigger, leafy greens? Absolutely not.  Brightly colored swiss chard can is just one of the many things you can grow indoors on a windowsill, no grow lights needed. This particular variety is called Bright Lights and you can see why it gets that name. The gorgeous yellows, pinks, oranges, and whites brighten up any kitchen garden grow area.  These sit on the south facing windowsill where it can get a good balance of direct and indirect sun light all day long with the early morning and early afternoon hours being the best for direct light.  The container they are growing in is roughly the same depth and...

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The Easiest Way To Have Endless Basil

Are you getting the most out of your basil plants? Products used: Hydroponic Mason Jar Garden Kit  Harvest when you need them, pinch flowers or cut stems to promote more growth, preserve the leaves by freezing, drying, making something with them (like a salad dressing or herb salt or butter)...These are some of the ways you can promote growth and save what you have. But here's another thing, why not root them in water?The most important thing is using your herbs as they grow. Like most plants, the more you use them, the more they will produce for you, and thus the more they will grow.  So what happens if you just plant a seed and leave it? Typically what...

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Why and How to Top Off Tomato Plants and More

Topping off a tomato plant can sound scary when you realize what it means. To top off a plant means to basically cut off the head of it at the stem. But why do we do this to plants? It's very common with tomato plants and that is to mainly  control the size of it. Depending on its variety of indeterminate or determinate you may want to consider it more than not. Some varieties of tomatoes can grow and grow and staking, or vining, may not be something you may want to deal with. Even compact container variety of tomato plants can benefit from a cutting. This is perfect for controlling the size, as well as focusing the energy on...

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