Dallas Organic Garden Club

Keeping Dallas Growing

 

Growing Strong

For 21 years the GDOGC has been a leader in promoting organic gardening methods. Come be a part of a growing club that is passionate about gardening ORGANICALLY!!

Monthly Meetings

Our meeting place is REI on the 4th Thursday of every month, except November and December.  Join us to hear local speakers presenting a variety of topics.  REI is located at 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244

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ORGANIC TOMATO PLANTING AND MAINTENANCE PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:55
This is a very thorough article on tomato growing.  Thought you would enjoy it on the front page temporarily.
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TOMATO TALES
by Mike Schmitt
 
1. Tomatoes must have at least 6 hours of direct sunlight and preferably 8 per day.
 
2. Tomatoes will not set blooms unless nighttime temperatures drop to at least 70 degrees. (Don Lambert)
 
3. You should not put the plants in the ground until your soil temperature is consistently above 60 degrees. That would normally be sometime after the 2nd week in March but could be later. (Marie Tedei)
 
4. Tomatoes are the only plant I know of that will sprout roots along their stems if you dig a deep hole and cover up the stems. These additional roots will help feed the plant.
 
5. One method of planting them that works well is to cut most of the leaves and stems off the main trunk and just leave a 4 or 5 leaves at the top. Then plant them in a trench with the top portion sticking up out of the ground. This gives them many more roots to help feed the plant. I typically just plant them in a very deep hole and have not tried the trench method.
 
6. If you want to try to extend your crop of tomatoes later into the summer, place shade cloth over them starting in early to mid June, depending upon when the hot temperatures really get kickin. (Sic). (TOFGA conference.)
 
7. In my planting hole, I use diamnotaneceous earth, worm castings, soft rock phosphate, horticultural corn meal, and a little Epson salt. I put this at the bottom of the hole place the plant on top of it and also sprinkle a little on top of the root ball.
 
8. I then sprinkle horticultural corn meal on the surface of the soil as an anti-fungal agent and water the plant in with water, liquid seaweed, compost tea, apple cider vinegar, & molasses.
Read more: ORGANIC TOMATO PLANTING AND MAINTENANCE
 
OUR APRIL 2014 PROGRAM PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:18

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WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR HERBAL HARVEST will be out topic for our Thursday, April 24, 2014 meeting.  Join us to hear Joy Lilljedahl of the Herb Society of America.

Joy Lilljedahl first became acquainted with herbs as a child when her mother began using dried herbs to reduce the family’s fat consumption. It wasn’t until after college that Joy was introduced to the live plants when she successfully grew some from seed in a window box. The love affair began. She now grows them mainly for culinary and craft purposes as well as the sheer delight of the scents and form. She has worked to introduce herbs to her family, friends and even her pre-school Sunday school classes.

Joy has been a member of the Herb Society of America for the last 5 years. She is a past Chairman of the North Texas Unit.

We meet at REI on 635 and Welch.  Refreshments 6:30, meeting start 7pm.

 

Upcoming Events

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Apr 24, 14 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
GDOGC meeting

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Apr 25, 14
Arbor Day

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Apr 29, 14
"Peace" Rose Day

What do you successfully grow in your veggie garden?
 

Meeting Location

Our meeting place is at REI on the 4th Thursday of the month. Refreshments begin at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm until 8:30pm. REI is located at 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244, (972) 490-5989.  Click here for a map. Hope to see you there!