Grow Tomatoes in Your Garden: Build Your Own Incubator

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Preparing your kitchen garden is a milestone. As a first crop, grow tomatoes. It is easy to grow them. They are heat loving plants and you will probably need an incubator if your place gets very cold at night.

Begin your garden at home

If you are wondering, what on earth will grow in your kitchen garden you can begin with this list first. You do not have to grow a single vegetable alone or one single type of flowering plant. Many of them grow simultaneously with others depending on the growing season. Here are some vegetables you can grow on a rotation basis with other vegetables and fruits.
a) Cabbage
b) Squash
c) Melon
d) Pepper
e) Eggplant
Choose flowering plants if you have the space, since this will add a touch of color to your garden. You can space them over a couple of weeks with other vegetable and flower plants such as:
a) Cherry tomato
b) Parsley
c) Onion
d) Zinnia
e) Morning glory
f) Broccoli
g) Phlox
h) Marigold
i) Bachelor’s button
j) Aster

Prepare garden soil

Now you have your list, you probably need to prepare the space. Clear out any cans and debris and even out the soil. Turn the soil over several times and water them for a week. Now you are ready to manure them. Use compost and spread it out evenly. Now go get your nursery ready. Soil conservation is important. You must learn how to rotate crops and use compost to maintain the pH value of the soil. You can apply conservation techniques not only for your kitchen garden but for forests too.

Method of making your garden grow

1) Make the nursery
2) Prepare the soil
3) Transplant plants that have grown sufficiently
4) Prepare the next batch of plants in nursery
5) Harvest the first batch
6) Plant the second batch

Check on the Internet

You get whole loads of information regarding rainfall and daily temperatures on the Internet. Go online, get the forecast and then plant your seeds. These are the approximate times for planting of seeds after winter has passed.
a) Melon, cucumber, morning glory – one month after – this will be towards the mid-April
b) Cabbage, phlox – after 35 – 40 days
c) Aster, marigold, bachelor’s button – after 40 days – it would be the beginning of March
d) Zinnia, tomato – after 2 months
e) Cherry tomato, pepper – mid-March
f) Parsley, onion – end of February

Planting and harvesting tomatoes in your garden

Tomato plants love heat they do not fare against frost. Instead of buying tomato transplants, you can grow them from seeds. When choosing seeds, make sure you are getting the correct variety such as tomatoes for making jams or tomatoes for the salad. Choose disease resistant variety so that pests and diseases do not destroy the plants.

Next, you have to make the container. This has to be about 4” x 4” and about 6” deep. Put in a sterile mix in which to grow. Remember to place the box in place with plenty of sunlight. Unlike sterile mixes, the garden soil will not provide good drainage. Make sure these boxes have drainage holes.

• Moisten the mix and fill up to the top but do not let it overflow
• Do not compact the mixer
• Put 2 –3 seeds in each of the boxes
• Cover them with ¼” of mix
• Dribble water over the top layer and let it sink in
• Keep the pots in a warm place
• You can cover the entire array of boxes with plastic sheet
• Wait for the plants to sprout
• After they have grown 4” to 6” high transfer them to the garden bed

Building your mini home incubator

For making the incubator in your garden, you require four walls and a transparent lid. You can make the walls out of any material you have in the house including straw, plywood, and regular concrete or cardboard. The idea is to protect the plant against the nighttime frost or cold temperatures.

Normal size for this should be 3’ to 4’ in length and about 2’ to 3’ in width. You must choose the height for that plant or you can fix it at a nominal 3’. Provide adequate drainage by sloping the floor of the incubator.

Make the lid out of glass or plastic sheets. They have to keep out the wind and let sufficient light through. Use good framework around the sheet so that they can support some weight. You may want to pile up straw over the lid to give extra protection against cold.

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar snerfu
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for moderating my page Mr Kinsman

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Good article. I have may varieties of tomatoes growing now in my garden in Atlanta, Ga.USA

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author avatar snerfu
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Gardening is so lovely -- unfortunately we do not have garden space in our flats. Thanks for giving me the lookup Mr Harbin

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