107-Encore Presentation: Tomato Care Checklist with Craig LeHoullier

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Tomatoes. They just might be the hands-down most popular plant for home gardeners, but they sure aren’t easy. Last year, my friend and tomato-growing expert, Craig LeHoullier, joined me for a podcast about his recommended steps for healthy tomatoes. He called it his tomato-care checklist, and it is so packed with good information, that I felt it was worth revisiting this season. So in case you missed it last year – or maybe you’ve forgotten some of these words of tomato wisdom – this episode is an encore presentation of my tomato-care checklist conversation with Craig.

This year, I have to admit it – I’m growing more tomatoes than ever before. I’ve got 28 plants starting to set fruit in some of my 16 raised beds at the GardenFarm. Plus, I’m trying something new this season. I’m growing 15 more tomato plants in containers around the perimeter of the garden space. Why? Because I have a tomato problem.

Actually, it’s also because I’m making a more concerted effort to incorporate crop rotation at the GardenFarm. By using containers, I’ve freed up raised bed space for crops from a different plant family, and in the coming years, I’ll rotate the placement of plant families between beds in the garden as a proactive step against soil-borne pests and diseases.


tomato care

Nearly every gardener loves to grow tomatoes. They can oftentimes be tricky, but when you follow basic care steps, you’ll enjoy much greater success.


Speaking of pest, disease and weed issues in the garden, they can just suck the joy right out of the gardening experience, right? There are more than a few ways to deal with these challenges, but unfortunately, too many of those utilize products that are not environmentally-friendly.

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When I put this course together, it was my mission to teach you, not just how to prevent many of these issues, but also how to identify and manage what does come – to give you solid, practical and environmentally-responsible options.

Overall, the course is 3 about hours, and you can watch at your own pace – anytime and anywhere. My goal is to equip you with the knowledge you need to prevent, identify and manage whatever you are dealing with. This course is designed for gardeners of all levels. It takes you through and beyond the basics to some deeper principles and important controls that many experienced gardeners aren’t even aware of.

So, I hope you’ll join me. The cost is just $47 – there is never a renewal fee, but you get to keep all the course materials and bonuses forever. Plus – there’s a course website forum where you can ask me your specific follow-up questions as the season progresses.

I hope you enjoy this encore presentation of Epic Tomatoes author, Craig LeHoullier’s tomato care check-list. Whether you’re growing one tomato plant or dozens, like me, here’s to a bountiful crop!

Links & Resources

Original podcast post – Episode 056: Tomato Care Checklist with Craig LeHoullier

Episode 099: Understanding Crop Rotation: The Basics and Beyond, with Jack Algiere

joegardener Online Academy: Master Pests, Diseases and Weeds – my newest online course! Just $47 for lifetime access.

GGW Episode 803: Epic Tomatoes With Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier’s website

Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time

Corona® Tools – Podcast episode sponsor and Brand Partner of

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs – Podcast episode sponsor and Brand Partner of

About Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l is the creator and “joe” behind joe gardener®. His lifetime passion and devotion to all things horticulture has led him to a long-time career as one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in organic gardening and sustainability. That is most evident in his role as host and creator of Emmy Award-winning Growing a Greener World®, a national green-living lifestyle series on PBS currently broadcasting in its tenth season. When he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or digging something up, or spending time with his family on their organic farm just north of Atlanta, GA.

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