Season 2007 Episode 11.17.07

#0054 - The Great Tomato Caper pt I

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Welcome to the Freshtopian Garden! Tanja has a longstanding obsession with sun-dried heirloom tomatoes, and she's finally taking action! Barb Finnin,'s resident Master Composter and garden guru shows us how to plant our new tomato starts, and dishes the dirt on soil health. Welcome to the first installment of The Great Tomato Caper!Further resources for this episode, via Freshtopia's own resident permaculturist and Master Composter, Barb Finnin:Soil pH:Soil pH is an indication of the acidity or alkalinity of soil. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 with pH 7 as the ideal neutral point. A soil's pH will determine how much nutrients a plant can absorb and what type of organisms live in the soil. Typical plants that you would grow in your garden like a pH near 7. The tomatoes that we're planting can thrive in a pH of 5.5-7. There is a ton of information on the web related to soil pH and on remediating soil that is too acidic or too base. This is a good place to get started, or stop by your neighborhood garden supply center. Compost:We're a little obsessed about compost at and you'll hear us talk about it a lot. Compost is the perfect fertilizer and soil builder. . .and it is free if you compost at home! To learn how to compost with worms, or vermicomposting, check out our episode "The Worm Wranglers". We'll be doing an episode on basic composting in the near future, but for now check out our friends at for more information. Selecting Plants to Grow:The best way to choose plants to grow is to go to your local garden store/farmer's market and ask what folks recommend for your area. This is a fertile topic and plenty of people will give you lots of advise. Two of my favorite books for plant selection in the Bay Area are "Golden Gate Gardening" by Pam Pierce and "Western Garden Book" by Sunset Editors. Container Gardening:If you don't have a yard, you can still grow your own food! You can use containers in-doors, onmoreless

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