Friday, March 23, 2012

Tomato Growing - tips, and hints

Plant tomatoes where they will get at least 10 hours of light in summer. And leave room between plants for air to circulate.

Alternate your tomato bed between even just two spots and you diminish the risk of soil borne diseases such as bacterial spot and early blight.

When buying tomato seedlings, beware of lush green starts with poor root systems. They will languish for weeks before growing.

Plant your tomato seedlings up to the first true leaves. New roots will quickly sprout on the stems. More roots means more fruits. (tried to tell someone this yesterday who wasn't listening as they knew better)

Soak your tomato bed once a week, or every five days at the height of summer. Water directly on the soil, not on the leaves.

Prune off these non-fruiting branches. This directs the tomato plant's energy into growing bigger, better fruit.

Use 6-foot stakes for indeterminate varieties like the 'Brandywine' tomato. Put in the stakes when transplanting to avoid damaging roots.

While the first fruit is ripening, encourage new growth and continued fruit set by scratching compost around the stem, and trim some of the upper leaves.

Three weeks after you plant tomatoes in your garden, put in another set so all of your harvest doesn't come at once.

Heirloom tomatoes that are too ripe can be mealy. Harvest them when they're full size and fully colored.


Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Maters, maters, everywhere

Sprawling here and spreading there

Were it not so early in the day

I could perhaps rhyme this another way.

Love you, L3

Cartoon Characters said...

Wow! Hey thanks! I will copy this off and give to my husband who is in charge of the tomatoes this year! :)

Phiddy said...

Your very welcome CC. Wish him lots of luck from me. This year we are NOT planting 75 plants! More like 30.

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