DIG - Totally Tomatoes: You can grow tomatoes in the desert
Master Gardener Pam Perry will present the differences between hybrid or heirloom tomatoes, and what determinant versus indeterminant varieties means. She will cover the differing needs between ground planting, raised beds, or containers. With knowledge about the selection of the site, the variety and optimal planting times, you too can grow fresh sun-ripened tomatoes. Learn the secrets!
1. Understand light requirements for this crop,
2. Select soil types and prepare them for planting while considering water needs
3. Evaluate and select varieties to fit their individual challenges,
4. Know how to plant, care for harvest and store a crop.
Instructor: Master Gardener Pam Perry
Pam has been planting tomatoes since she was 3 years old. She has grown tomatoes I several regions of the us, and still loves best the flavors of fresh sun ripened tomatoes. Pam grew up gardening in Vermont where fruit trees, vegetables, and perennial beds became part of her early gardening experience. She graduated from University of Vermont and moved to Colorado where she loved to prowl local nurseries and garden centers. She volunteered at Denver Botanic Gardens and became a certified Master Gardener. She moved to California and qualified again as a Master Gardener, achieving Lifetime Master Gardener for Solano County. She and her husband moved to Phoenix where she worked as the garden designer for a local 4-diamond resort and became a Maricopa County Master Gardener. Pam volunteers as Director of the Demonstration Gardens at the Maricopa County Extension Office and Speakers Bureau activities.