Tomato Mania – How to Get More Total Crop Production by Inter-planting Tomatoes with Other Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 7

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Most of the tomatoes that Curtis grows fall into the cherry and saladette category – the smaller tomatoes. These types of tomatoes offer several advantages – they are pretty vigorous, they have a relatively short DTM, and because chef’s like them. And when much of your sales are for restaurants, you grow what they want to buy.

Over the years Curtis has evolved his system for tomato culture. And he now looks at them as a bit of a bonus crop given the way that he grows them.

Many home gardeners dedicate full rows to tomatoes and give the plants wide spacing’s.

Curtis does the opposite. He interplants his tomatoes; dedicating most of his bed space to another crop, while squeezing his tomatoes into the out 2 edges of each bed.

This strategy works for several reasons. It takes advantage of more of the soil strata. The tomatoes are planted deep, so their roots occupy the deeper layers of soil. While the main greens crops in the beds have shallow root systems. So while the plants are planted in the same space competition is minimized. Another reason why the competition is minimized is that the tomatoes occupy more of the vertical space. If you time the plants strategically during the year plant growth and sun angles allow you to get more plants in the same space with no shading.

Overall, inter-planting has been huge for Curtis’s farm. It’s what’s allowed him to hundreds of pounds of greens and hundreds of pounds of tomato, in same relative space.

Not a bad bonus yield in a situation where most farmers would simply leave the tomatoes out.

Look around your garden at the extra space and think about that next time you plant your tomatoes.

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Inter-planting Tomatoes

  • Interplanting:
    • Plant the crops themselves at their normal density.
    • Don’t worry so much about how tight different crops are stacked.
    • If space is tight, make the surface crop beds a little narrower to allow more walkway and room for the vertical crops.
    • Cut and come again crops work well in an interplanted situation because there is less crop turnover and more harvesting which is easier in the space.
    • This strategy works well in the fall and the spring when a lot of the light makes it’s way to the greenhouse floor.
      • Playing off of sun angles.
  • Some of the varieties of tomatoes that Curtis grows:
    • Sakura
    • Mountain Magic
    • Sweet Baby Girl
    • Sun Gold
    • Blush

Season One Episodes related to this episode:

Transplanting and Interplanting

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How to grow a lot of tomatoes in a small space

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If you want to learn more about Curtis Stone and urban farming, then check out Curtis’ book, The Urban Farmer, and his course, Profitable Urban Farming.

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Inter-planting Tomatoes

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The Passive Solar Greenhouse on Curtis’s Farm

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Green City Acres Weekly Farm VLOG Updates

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The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone

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The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s).

Major benefits include:

  • Low capital investment and overhead costs
  • Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
  • Easy access to markets

Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement.

Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.


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The Urban Farmer Book by Curtis Stone

Profitable Urban Farming – The Course

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