One Year in a Small Tomato Garden

Following Lee Reich’s advice for weed-free, dig-free gardening, I prepared a garden bed in a sunny patch and grew San Marzano heirloom sauce tomatoes last year. In fall I layered soy bean meal fertilizer, newspaper, leaves, and compost on top of an existing lawn. Last spring I fenced to keep the deer out, mulched with wood chips, then planted tomato seedlings. Despite the no-dig, no-till gardening style, the roots took hold and the plants thrived, and this year the garden is ready for new layers of leaves and chips, and fresh plants. Check out Lee Reich’s excellent book for more details. It is so easy.

Published by Jennifer May

Jennifer May is a food photographer based in New York's Hudson Valley and Brooklyn.

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