Ask Jo: Tomatoes and PDF’s

Every so often we get questions or comments from blog readers.  I think other readers might have the same question so I answer them here.

After I wrote a blog entry about sharing a garden with Kalissa this year we got many-many questions from readers all asking the same question:  What are those things on the tomatoes?

They are old fashion clay tile.  Growing up my parents always put them on the tomato plants.  When first put on they protect the plants from the wind.  They also act as a greenhouse of sorts.  The tile heat in the sun and that warms the plants.  It also keeps rabbits (and there are MANY here in town) away from the tender seedlings.

We had been looking for some tile for years but couldn’t find any.  Finally our son Buck found some for us.

We keep coffee cans around the cabbage plants but like these tile for the tomatoes.

We planted the tomatoes a week ago and already the plants are popping above the tile.  We keep the tile on the plants year round.  Later if we end up needing to water we water right into the tiles.  I keeps the water focused and where we need it.

Another comment that we get time and time again is that the link for the directions of our free patterns won’t open.  This question is always a pain for us.  Typically it comes from someone who is not a regular blog reader.  I go back to answer the question and the person’s email program bumps my email out and won’t let it through.  I feel bad but there is no way for me to contact them then.

I am just going to answer the question publicly here.  To the best of my knowledge all of the printable pattern links work.  The person downloading the pattern to print needs to have an Adobe Reader program on their device in order for the printable pattern to download.  The program is safe and best yet it’s free.  You can find the link to it here.

If you know of someone who thinks the links aren’t working or if it’s you who have had problems, please check to make sure the device you are using to access the pattern has an Adobe Reader program on it.

If you are new to the blog, all of the free pattern are listed on the right side bar…there’s lots to choose from.

That’s all the answers I have for you today…feel free to leave a question in the comment section and I’ll try to get it answered.  You can also email them to me at

3 thoughts on “Ask Jo: Tomatoes and PDF’s”

  1. hey. just fyi, the link you say is “here” to the patterns doesn’t seem to be working… least not for me. I have adobe reader too. just thought I’d mention it. Thanks for the tomato tip. Good luck with your garden! It’s a lot of work!

  2. Ruth Ann Hunter

    This is not a comment about this blog, but I have been trying to email you concerning the Bonnie Hunter lecture in Oelwein on July 30. Do I need a ticket before coming? If so, how do I purchase one? I talked to Lou Ann in Oelwein and she said to talk to you. Please let me know what I need to do.

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