Growing Tomatoes on Garbage…


It happens to us all. You buy some fruits or vegetables, you don’t eat them quick enough and they go bad. Most people throw them out or if they plant a garden they toss them in their compost pile and use that as fertilizer, but you don’t NEED to compost, there’s another way.

L. A. Rotheraine of McKean County Biodynamics in Bradford, Pennsylvania grows tomatoes like that giant one in the video on a mound of garbage. It’s simple. You dig a whole and pile it high with rotten fruits and vegetables, spoiled food, dead plants, manure, pretty much anything that rots. Then plant a tomato on top and watch it grow to gigantic proportions.

Trust me, it works and you don’t need to live in the country or be an expert farmer to do it. I’m hardly an agricultural guru, actually I’m kind of a moron, and I managed to do it. Last year, I saved up a bunch of garbage and raised a big tomato. This Spring I’m doing it again. I’ve already got sprouts growing on my windowsill and three boxes of rot and counting.

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  • The Tomato Stake  April 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

    The best way to support your growing tomato plants is with The Tomato Stake.

    Easier to use than metal tomato cages and upside down planters, stronger than bamboo, and won’t rot like wood stakes!

  • John P  May 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for all of your great info! This was a very informative blog post and I appreciate you coming up with such detailed steps for growing tomatoes. Quick question for anyone who might know: Have you ever tried growing tomatoes upside down? I’ve seen the commercials and I am intrigued. Please let me know what you think of that method if you have given it a try! :)

  • Gavin Rogers  November 4, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I would like to congratulate you on such a good site. I enjoy growing tomatoes also, and have started my own site Growing Tomatoes , but haven’t had many visitors. I look forward to sharing my knowlegde with you all :).

  • Molly  November 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Great idea on Composting!

  • John  November 13, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Hi visit my tomato growing site for more info on growing tomatoes

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