How to Grow Tomatoes & a Vegetable Garden

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You can grow tomatoes side by side with other things in a vegetable garden in your backyard. Learn how to grow tomatoes and a vegetable garden with help from a social entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Holly Hirshberg from I'm going to teach you how to start your tomato plants, grow tomatoes, and grow a vegetable garden. Tomatoes come in a lot of different varieties that you're going to see here. They come in red, orange, yellow, green, purples, striped. Oh, tomatoes are amazing! And I really recommend starting your tomatoes from seeds, when you feel comfortable doing that, because you can get so much more variety. Part of the fun of gardening is planting things you've never seen before. I'm going to plant these German lunch-box tomatoes. I like them because they're small. And when it comes to gardening, I'm all about instant gratification. I want them to be ready as soon as possible. These are small tomatoes. They'll ripen sooner. I'm going to plant some bigger ones later, but I'm going to start with these. Alright, you want to plant one seed in each spot here--one, two, three, four, five, six--so six seeds. Now, there's some people who are going to say plant more than one seed in each one in case it doesn't grow. I just throw caution to the wind and do one in all, and I'll tell you why. If more than one grows, then I'm going to have to cut one of them back, and to me that's a loss. I don't like to do that. I like to make good use of my seeds. So, going to put them in, one seed per, cover it up. The dirt I have in here, this is potting soil. And that works just fine. If you want to get fancy, start them in peat moss. That's going to make it a little bit easier for the roots to grow. I have some wind here. My tomato seeds are trying to fly out of my hand. Peat moss is probably the easiest. Whatever you do, though, don't start your seeds in the kind of soil where it has fertilizer already in it, because that's going to burn your seeds, and they're not going to grow. Okay, my seeds are in here. I'm going to add water to them, and I'm going to put them in a sunny window in my house where they're going to be well taken care of. Where I'm going to see them and remember to water them. They need to be kept moist. I don't want them dripping wet. They need to be kept moist. When they get to be about this big, I'm going to bring them out and put them in my garden. And let me show you what that looks like. You can see this is a big tomato plant right here. I like to plant my vegetables in with my flowering plants. Why? Because the flowering plants attract pollinators, and I'm going to have lots of great vegetables. This is something you can do if you don't have a lot of space to plant. Plant this in your front yard. No one is going to know the difference. If you want your garden more orderly, like an English garden, do that. If you want it more wild, have it that way. Have it the way you like it so your garden is something that you enjoy.


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