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How to do container gardening. Leaf Center, had a demo on how to get started if you only have a patio or balcony and you want to grow some vegetables.

Donald Sutman who is the owner of Yummy Tummy Farms, gave a great talk about how to start growing a garden in containers. Farmer Donald lives in San Jose with his wife and son and they all happily eat a plant based diet. Yummy Tummy Farms, a suburban farm in San Jose, CA. Farmer Donald has been working on his farming methodology and techniques his whole life, but focused on the suburban farm model since January 2007.

Invest in high quality potting soil, you’ll pay from $10-$12 a bag, at a farming or agricultural store. Not the big box stores. You want to make sure the soil had worm castings, compost, perlite and hummus. Soil from Down to Earth, or Dr. Earth or Espoma. Once the season has ended dump the soil, recycle it to the city and they will clean it up for the next planting season. After reaping a crop, the soil he said, “is spent”.

Farmer Donald demo’d a Heirloom Tomato pot. Use a 15 gal pot they are about $12. Fill the pot with soil up to 2/3, add the following into the pot:
1. 2 big handfuls of fish bone meal
2. 2 handfuls of oyster shells
3. Organic soul fertilizer ( time released )
4. Humic acid (natural soil matter) Buy it here.

Then insert the tomato plant in the pot and fill with more soil. Be sure that the leaves don’t touch the soil. The dirt needs to be Potting Soil NOT soil direct from your yard. Water the plant very carefully. Don’t feast and famine the water be consistent.

You’ll need to support the Tomato plant with a standard wire cage, as it grows you will want to replace it with 5’ wire cage. Dale Hardware you can get gardening supplies and the cages.

Farmer Donald also suggested if you are going to do pot gardening, buy a really good moisture meter.. it will really help you to know when to water or not to water.

LEAF’s purpose is to provide environmental education to the Fremont community about sustainable and ecological practices, including local food production and organic gardening, waste reduction, green building, and resource conservation; and to build community among the diverse residents of Fremont, California.

Mari-Lyn Harris

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