Some people are content to grow one or two tomatoes on their patio...others want to go all the way, building raised beds and planting a multitude of tomato varieties. No matter which style of gardening is right for you, there are things you need to know about growing tomatoes to assure that you'll have the most delicious, bountiful crop possible.
The Tomato Essentials class provides a very sound foundation for growing tomatoes. If you follow my instructions, you'll be successful. For those people who want more detail and don't want all of it on one day, the Ultimate Tomato Series is the way to go. The series also includes three cooking classes so you can make the most out of your spectacular harvest. The series breaks things down to 2 hour growing classes focusing on information that is timely for that particular point in the season. We will begin with a class focusing on getting ready for growing: soil preparation, building raised beds, site location, defining heirloom and hybrid. In the second class we discuss what types of tomatoes to plant, how to read labels and make selections, specifics of planting including what goes in the planting hole, staking and caging and more. After the class I'll escort the group to the local TOMATOMANIA seedling sale to help in selecting plants. The third class takes place mid-season. We'll be talking about disease and pest control, the proper time to harvest, storage and seed saving. Then, we move on to the three kitchen classes. The first will feature recipes that allow your fresh picked tomatoes to shine. Second is a tomato tasting and canning and preserving class. The third, and final class in the series will be recipes that utilize your canned product. It's a great way to celebrate our favorite summer fruit!
The cost - $40 for Tomato Essentials class and $200 for The Ultimate Tomato Series (an incredible savings). Which way is right for you?