7 Of The Best Tomatoes Growing Tips
Number one best tomatoes growing tips is to prepare the soil well in the cooler months and never grow tomatoes is the same area 2 years running.
Home grown tomatoes are the most common grown vegetable in the home vegetable garden.
You can't compare a supermarket tomato to a ripe tomato picked from your own garden. The taste will blow you away.
Best Tomatoes Growing Tips Are
-When to start
-How to prepare the soil
-How to care for your plants.
-Mulch after planting seedlings
-pinch & prune shoots that develope from crotch joint of two branches
Best Juicy Tomatoes
When To Start
The tomatoes plant loves a hot climate. One of my best tomatoes growing tips is to transplant the seedlings out after the last frost or as the weather warms up.
Tomatoes can be grown in a cold frame (hothouse) over the cooler months.
In humid, and in short season areas, it is vital to select varieties that are adapted to you climatic conditions (disease resistant in the one case and fast maturing in the other).
For My Third Best Tomatoes Growing Tips
They love the sun so plant them in full sun light.
Your soil must have good drainage and have adequate protection from strong winds.
Tomatoes love soil that is rich in organic matter.
Preparing the soil
Like always prepare the soil this is the fourth best tomatoes growing tip.
By spreading a layer of compost or manure and mix it in well to the soil by using a large garden fork or shovel.
Also add some blood and bone, mineral fertilizer, potash and lime to the soil 6 weeks before planting put seedlings.
Dig a whole approximately 8 inches wide and 8 inches deep (12cm by 12cm), remove the bottom branches of the plant and bury the plant deep so that the soil covers those removed branches.
Tomatoes will develop roots at the broken branches making the plant stronger in the soil. Space out the seedlings 20-22 inches (30 -34cm) apart in rows three feet apart.
Next place tall wooden stakes next to the buried plant. Stakes are placed early to minimise root damage. Finally water your plants at the base without wetting the leaves.
Another best tomatoes growing tips is keep the soil surface covered with mulch (once it has warmed up) so disease organisms don't splash up onto the foliage, or use 'grow bags' of sterile potting mix.
How To Care For Your Tomatoe Plants
Tomato plants require regular attention as they may need water, pruning, support on the stake, and inspection of disease. It wills also give you piece of mind and satisfaction that your plants are healthy and you are on course to producing juicy tomatoes.
You should regularly water the base of the plant while the plants are developing. Ensure you don't miss a week and then make up for it by drowning your plant, as this leads to blossom end rot and cracking
Choosing the Right Variety Is Important.
Older varieties are by far the best tasting tomatoes but do not necessarily have the disease resistance of some of the hybrid plants.
Some of the old 'heirloom' types set fruit poorly in cool conditions, and may have quite significant variations in flavour according to whether it is a favourable growing season or not. They also include most of the exceptionally flavoured tomatoes.
The worst feeling for a tomato grower is watching your plant grow from a seedling to a mature plant, bearing an abundance of wholesome fruit, and then suddenly the whole plant turns yellow and dies.
I have personally experienced this and it's an awful feeling.
The bottom line is that being informed and knowledgeable on how to prevent diseases before you start growing tomatoes is a necessity if you wish to consistently grow healthy tomato plants.
Therefore I have listed two common tomato problems that you need to be aware of before commencing your tomato growing adventure:
Blossom End Rot (also known as bottom end rot, and black spots)
A common problem during ripening of the tomato is a formation of a brown fury circle on the bottom of the fruit that eventually turns black.
Don't panic all your hard work won't go to waste as the problem can be reduced. These black spots or circles that form on the bottom of the tomato are caused by calcium deficiency in that section of the fruit.
This is due to fluctuating soil moisture levels and can be caused by cold rainy days followed by dry temperatures.
To reduce the problem, maintain an even water supply, don't let the soil dry, and most importantly don't over water the tomato plant. Splitting or cracking can result from over water of the repining tomato. Tip: Use Mulch to keep moisture levels even.
Early blight commonly occurs in the United States and is a fungal disease that turns your tomato leaves yellow to brown and then to black.
The leaves eventually fall off leaving the fruit fully exposed to the suns rays thus destroying your fruit. Early blight is encouraged when there are high levels of moisture both in the soil and on your plants, and thrives after a few days of heavy rain.
The sad news is that you can't stop the disease. Once the disease has taken over your plant you must rip it out and dispose of it carefully without affecting your other plants.
To learn more about the prevention and control of early blight and late blight disease, I strongly recommend reading
Best Juicy Tomatoes
written by Annette Welsford and Lucia Grimmer.
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