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  • Determinate or Indeterminate Tomatoes? Q. When purchasing tomato seeds, should I buy determinate or indeterminate varieties? A. Determinate tomatoes do not grow tall, and they have a pre-determined growth cycle, the fruit is primarily on the sucker stems, and they generally have a harvest period of...
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  • Q. This is our first year using the Mittleider Method and there has been a great overall improvement in our gardening yield so far. We've had several positive comments and questions from neighbors. However, the tomatoes are just beginning to ripen and on most of the ones that are ripening there...
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  • Q. If i'm growing my tomato plants vertically on strings and I'm supposed to grow my tomato plants at least 7 inches apart with one main stem---what if I'm letting my tomato plants have two stems ( two main suckers). should I space my tomato plants further apart so each stem has at least 7 inches...
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  • Best Spacing For Growing Tomatoes Vertically
    Q. The planting configuration and spacing in Let's Grow Tomatoes is much different than what is recommended in other places, such as The Mittleider Gardening Course and The Garden Master. Why are they so different, and which is "right" or better? A. There are several reasons for the different...
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  • Blossom-End Rot - Cause and Cure
    Q. I'm having a problem with blossom- end Rot. The great state of Ohio receives more than 20 inches of rain. So I of course before the growing season I Limed Up. But now I'm still having this problem. Should I apply more lime to stop this problem? I water once a week, since It rains almost every...
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  • Blossom-End Rot - Causes and Cures
    Q. I have started to spot the dreaded Blossom End Rot on SOME of my tomatoes. A plant may have a few tomatoes with the black spots on the bottom and then the others on the same plant are fine. The leaves and the entire plant look very healthy. I am watering regularly and feeding weekly. However,...
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  • Curled Leaves and Dry Leaf Edges - Cause and Cure
    Q. What is causing our tomatoes to have curled leaves? Could it be toomuch water? We are watering with two PVC lines per 10'x34" vegetable box. Have been watering twice a day as the temperatures have been in the 90 degrees many weeks (live in southern California). We notice the water does come...
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  • Germinating Tomatoes In The Greenhouse
    Q. I have had trouble getting my tomatoes to germinate in the greenhouse. Is there a variety that you would suggest? I live at 41 degrees North latitude and 5,000 feet elevation. Any additional advice would be appreciated. A. Tomatoes need a constant sustained temperature in the 70's for good...
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  • Grow 100 Tons of Tomatoes On 1 Acre
    Q. I've heard the Mittleider Method can produce 100 tons of tomatoes on one acre. How is this possible, since field-grown tomato growers do well to produce 35 tons per acre! A. I'll describe "The poor man's hydroponic method" of growing in a 1-acre garden, using raised beds, or Grow-Boxes, as...
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  • Growing Tomatoes by the Acre
    Q. I want to grow tomatoes in soil beds on acreage. How many soil beds can 1 acre hold. Also, what yield can I expect with tomatoes? In the Mittleider gardening course it states that 1 full bed is 156 pounds of tomatoes. But somewhere else I read it is possible to grow 100 tons in one acre. ...
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  • Growing Tomatoes in Very Hot Temperatures
    Q. How can we grow tomatoes in the desert in the hot summers? It is over 100 degrees in the summer, and we usually have no success after June. A. To grow tomatoes successfully in temperatures over 100 degrees, you should water in the ridged beds every day, and if you see any signs of wilting,...
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  • Growing Tomatoes Out Of Season
    Q. I've been trying for years to grow "summertime tomatos in the wintertime".I've tried aquaponically w/o success. I can grow them, but the quantity and quality was not acceptable. I have tried hydroponically, but found it unreasonably expensive as well. Would be very interested in your input.A. ...
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  • Growing Tomatoes Vertically - How Far Apart Are the Overhead Wires/Pipes?
    Q. I am wanting to try double density on my tomatoes this year and can't locate the distance between the suspension pipes on the T-frames. Is 18 or 24 inches about right? A. Tomatoes can be planted as close as 6" apart, but 8-9" is recommended until you become very competent and regular in your...
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  • Growing Tomatoes Vertically? Pinch off the Suckers!
    Q.I was wondering if it is true that your supposed to pinch off the "suckers" from tomato plants? Where are they on the plant? A. If you want to maximize your production of tomatoes in a given space, then grow your plants vertically by tying them to stakes or guiding them up strings using...
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  • Hot-House Tomatoes Not Setting Fruit - What's Wrong?
    Q. I have a hot house in the back yard. I built a planter and filled it with soil in which I added horse manure. I planted six or so tomato plants about 4 months ago. I put both mh and hps grow lights in and keep the room in the 70's. My plants are huge but there is no sign of fruit. They are...
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  • How to solve the White Fly problem
    Q. last year I planted tomatoes the plants were full of little white flies. The tomatoes had a sticky black to the touch. What did I do wrong? A. Perhaps we should ask ourselves what did you fail to do. White flies are a real nuisance on tomatoes, and you need to discuss control measures with...
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  • Ideal Growing Temperatures
    Ideal temperatures for growing tomatoes are above 70 degrees daytime and 55 degrees nighttime, and below 95 degrees daytime and 80 degrees nighttime. A 15 degree differential between daytime and nighttime temperatures is best. Temperatures outside the above ranges will substantially reduce or...
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  • Jacob Mittleider's Last Garden - redlands, California 2005
    Q. I saw a picture in the YahooGroups MittleiderMethodGardeningGroup Photo file named: Mitts Tomatoes 2005. Those were the most beautiful tomato plants I have ever seen. What I would like to know is, were they grown next to a fence and tied off to make them so tall and straight? I didn't see any...
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  • Questions and Answers on How To Grow Tomatoes Using T-Frames
    The comments and questions are from a new Mittleider gardener in the MittleiderMethodGardening group in Yahoo.Groups.com, and my responses are in parentheses. It is instructive, and shows someone is really paying attention! Over the past couple of weeks I have signed on to this group and obtained...
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  • Spacing, Pruning and the Building of T-Frames to Grow Tomatoes Vertically.
    Growing Tomatoes Vertically Using T-Frames Here’s how to grow tomatoes the way "the big boys" do it! Do it right and your yield will amaze you as well as your neighbors. Use one T-Frame every 10 feet maximum. Between the T-Frames use heavy-gauge wire, galvanized steel pipe (1/2" is adequate) or...
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