Key Ingredients to Growing Tomatoes

Follow these ingredients and your tomatoes will be the BEST that you’ve grown EVER!

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  • Light

Place your tomato plants in a bright spot where they can receive daily sunlight for 8 to 10 hours.

  • Soil

When choosing the right soil to use for you tomatoes, it needs to be well-drained soil that is also slightly acidic (ph 6.4 to 6.8).  If your using containers, mix three parts potting mix with one part of garden loam.

  • Planting & Spacing

Make sure that your plants are at least two feet apart from one another. When your plants have space placed between each other, air can easily circulate and  may won’t succumb to fungal diseases.

When planting your tomato seedlings, plant it up to the first true leaves. When doing this, it’ll help with new roots sprouting quickly on the stems. Which means, more roots equals more fruits!

If your transplanting your tomatoes, put in six-foot stakes while re-planting them to avoid damaging their roots.

  • Watering

Growing tomatoes doesn’t require to be watered daily, instead just ONCE a week. Tomatoes need just about an inch of water and two inches during warmer months. When watering them, make sure that soil receives it and not the leaves. Remember to water deeply and infrequently. Keeping a steady watering level can help reduce the cracking on ripening fruits.

  • Compost

After the first fruit ripens, scratch compost off around the stem and trim some of the upper leaves off. Doing this will help encourage new growth and a continued fruit set.

Another trick is to use a layer of straw or other organic mulch. This trick will help to maintain the soil moisture and prevents weeds from sprouting. It also helps  with controlling blossom- end rot, a calcium deficiency that happens when soil moisture fluctuates.

  • Fertilizer

Key thing to remember when using fertilizer is NOT TO OVER FERTILIZE! When you over fertilize, it causes a rapid leaf growth caused by too much nitrogen which causes less fruits to grow. 😦

Use a specialized fertilizer formulation, like Dr. EARTH’s ‘Home Grown- Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer’, with blends nutrients & limited nitrogen that tomatoes need in help with it’s fruit production.

  • Rotation

Relocate your tomato bed once every year will help to avoid early blight and soil borne diseases. Alternating your bed just two spots is an easy alternative and a quick way to avoid possible problems with your plants.

  • Pruning 

Does your plants have some branches that haven’t fruited? Trim it off! This action will help to direct your tomato plant’s energy into growing bigger and better fruit.

In the fall, after frost happens, pull the plants up by the roots and take away any fallen leaves or fruits.

 

After you put these ingredients to use on your plants , your results will be the best pick of tomatoes out of  your friends and neighbors!

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Want to learn more about how to be successful with growing your own tomatoes? Join us on Saturday, May 10th, at 10 a.m. with a Master Gardner who will be sharing his secrets about growing the juiciest & bountiful tomatoes!

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