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DIY Tomato Mini Garden

For the past two years, we've created our "I love you from my head to-ma-toes!" Tomato Growing Kits for families looking for Mothers Day gifts or for anyone looking to grow some tomatoes and garden knowledge, regardless of their growing experience or space.

Our kits are delivered to homes within San Diego County Lines. If you didn't grab one before they sold out or live in another part of the state, country, or world, I've information below on how you can create your Tomato Mini Garden for your home, classroom, or office.

Here's a list of what you'll need:

1. One - 10 Gallon Grow Bag. I've shopped around, and this is my favorite grow bag in the market that is also made in the USA.

2. One - Tomato Plant. Choose a Determinate Variety if you want a smaller plant with a shorter season or an Indeterminate Variety for a larger plant that will need trellising support but produces fruit for a more extended period. Check your local plant nursery to determine the best option.

3. One - Basil PlantI prefer Greek Basil for plant heartiness, flavor, and fragrance. Check your local plant nursery for available varieties.

4. Two - Marigold Flower Plants. Most varieties will work. These flowers attract pollinators but deter pests. Check your local plant nursery to see which v attracts you.

5. One - 1.5 Cubic Feet Bag of Soil. My favorite is the Raised Bed Potting Soil by E.B.Stone.

6. Three - Redwood Trellising Stakes. Four feet long, Redwood is best for long-term durability. 

7. Mycorrhiza. This natural soil amendment promotes healthy root growth and allows plants to better absorb water and nutrients. We love the products from Xtreme Gardening. 

8. Instructions on "How to Put Everything Together" in the Grow Bag. These instructions were included within our delivered kits and detail the varieties of plants we chose. 

9. Tomato Growing Guide - This document provides information on caring for your tomato plant and includes a delicious recipe.

10. Twine. You will use it to attach and support tomato plant vines. Available at plant nurseries and craft stores.

11. Epsom Salt for DIY Fertilizer. Adding a Tbsp to your watering can every two weeks will help your plants produce chlorophyll and create healthier, greener foliage and larger fruits. Available at your local grocery store or pharmacy.

Once you put it all together, you'll merely need a spot that gets 6-8 hours of sun and keep an eye on your plants' watering needs.

 

Did you do create your own Tomato Mini Garden? I'd love to see it! Please share on Instagram @rutabaga.education.