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Flick Your Tomatoes!



 

So I noticed my cherry tomato plant was growing well in its container. The plant looked healthy but so far had only produced one tomato. Disappointing. I set out to find the answer on YouTube and discovered the answer to increasing my tomato production on https://www.youtube.com/user/MIgardener.

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Indoor container gardening tip: Cherry Tomatoes (and peppers) will produce much more fruit if you flick the blossoms to imitate the stimulation a bee would give them outdoors.

Turns out tomatoes are self pollinating. Who knew? Well probably a lot of people except for me. Anyway, I discovered that flicking the plant will assist the blossoms in self pollination, resulting in a significant increase in fruit.

I tried it and it worked great! I had moved my cherry tomato plant indoors when the weather suddenly turned unseasonably cold. This made it impossible for bees to work over the blossoms, denying them the activity they needed to self pollinate. By flicking the blossoms, they are able to complete the cycle and produce delicious homegrown fruit.

If you wish to grow and sell produce be sure to do your homework. In the state of Nevada recent changes in regulation (as of Jan. 1, 2016) require farmers to have a certificate to sell their farm products. Listed on each certificate is the location of the farm, crops grown, amounts harvested and harvest seasons for each crop. Both producer certificates and produce vendor certificates are issued by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) under the authority of Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 576.128.

TAX TIP: Income from the sale of your crops will be taxable so be sure to document all your expenses for soil, fertilizer, water, etc. to offset the gross sales. Pending changes in the tax code are highly favorable for small businesses and may affect how much (or how little) income you will have to pay taxes on. Depending on how the final tax laws shape up for 2018, you could have a tax free income source up to the first $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples.

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