Who Knew You Could Buy This for 20 Cents?

For years, I've tried to grow tomatoes in my backyard.  It's been an ongoing exercise in frustration, to say the least.  Each fruitless season, I gripe to friends and family... begging for advice. I love the concept of gardening, I just don't seem to have a knack for it. So I came up with one last approach to try this season, before throwing in the trowel.  My husband built me a raised garden bed a few years ago, so I've got a dedicated spot.  Our journey into backyard chicken ownership added an extra challenge, but I think we've even got that figured out with the help of some extra chicken wire. One variant I've tried is the location where I purchase my plants.  Does this make a difference?  Walmart vs the local greenhouse?  Perhaps.  But irregardless, my garden was still a bust.  Last year I literally got *zero* tomatoes.  Go figure. My New (Cheaper!) Approach to Gardening So I'm done playing that game.  All bets are off!  This year I have a two part strategy: Try … [Read more...]