Tips For Growing Great TomatoesEmail this post to a friend.
Tomatoes can be one of the most exciting and rewarding vegetables in your garden. They can also be one of the most frustrating.
Here are a few tips that you can use to produce big, juicy, flavorful tomatoes every year:
As always, your garden is only as healthy as the soil it is grown in.
This is especially true for tomatoes. While they are a hardy plant, if they don’t have nutrient rich soil they will not produce to their full potential. Make sure when you are preparing the soil that you use about 1/3 compost to 2/3 soil. Test your soil before you plant to be sure the nutrient levels are where they should be. Tomatoes like a neutral PH usually between 5.8-7.0.
I personally like to plant my tomatoes in containers.
There is one reason and one reason only that I prefer using containers; if one of my plants gets a soil borne disease I don’t want it to infect all my tomato plants.
Make sure you plant your tomatoes in a sunny spot.
The love lots of sun and warmth as well as deep watering. Also be sure that you have lots of extremely beneficial earthworms. They are one of your greatest allies in the garden and will continue to supply nutrients to your soil.
There are tons of varieties of tomatoes to choose from.
I grow Super Sweet 100’s and Roma’s because both of these varieties do well in the hot summers we experience in the desert. If you aren’t sure what tomatoes do well in your area, call your local nursery and ask. Even if you don’t have access to an organic nursery, you can order your organic seeds and start them yourself. You can find every variety in organic seeds online.
Once you have your tomatoes planted you need to provide a trellis or cage for the tomatoes grow up.
Be sure to fertilize often with compost tea. How often you fertilize depends on your soil. I fertilize about twice a month because earthworms are not huge fans of the desert heat so I don’t have nearly as many as I would like. If you have rich soil with lots of worms you will probably only need to fertilize with compost tea 3-6 times during the growing season.
Once your tomatoes have produced fruit you are going to give them a little support.
I mean this literally. Most tomato plants have trouble supporting the fruit they produce. The tomatoes will spoil if they touch the ground and it can cause both disease and fungus. This is where you come in. The best way to do this is to use the trellis or cage to support the stems.
By following a few easy tips you can produce big, juicy, organic tomatoes. Before you know it you will be creating sauce, salsa and delicious tomato salads.
Besides, if we all grew our own tomatoes, we wouldn’t have to worry about Salmonella outbreaks!
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