Many people add a section of tomatoes to their gardens each year.
These are some of the hardiest of plants to grow and most delicious to
eat. You donít have to have an outside garden as there are many ways to
grow tomatoes as long as the conditions are right. It can be a lot of
fun to watch your tomatoes grow and produce beautiful and tasty fruit.
There are many practices and products that will aid you in successful
tomato growing. The biggest questions regarding tomato growth are how to
get them to grow, and what can you do to encourage a healthy and
delicious yield. Following are some common growing methods as well as
some tips for the new gardener.
Prepare Before Planting
Generally, most gardeners like to
start working with the soil many weeks before they plant their tomatoes.
This includes breaking up large blocks of dirt, removing any debris, and
adding some light soil. Occasionally, a bit of peat moss is mixed in. It
is also not unusual for the gardeners to start growing their tomatoes
If you decide to grow your tomatoes indoors, be sure you have
a lot of light for them. This is vital to the success of their growth.
You can get this by placing them in front of a sunny window facing
south, or by using artificial light. It is also important to choose a
garden location that gets as much sun as possible. Your tomatoes thrive
Planting Your Tomatoes
In some circumstances, it is
better to plant tomato seeds outdoors several weeks before the last
frost is anticipated. When the danger of a frost hitting has
successfully passed, the seeds or tomato plants may be planted. It is
best to use highly organic soil that is well drained. The PH needs to be
somewhere between 6 and 7. In order to obtain a tomato garden that is
well drained, plant it in a raised area of about 6 inches in height.
Many gardeners like to use tomato cages to protect their plants while
growing. When using the cages, it is best to put the plants about 2 to 4
feet from each other. When transplanting, you need to make the new hole
a bit deeper than it was in the pot. Also, soak this hole with water to
allow for soil absorption.
Using cages is a popular way to grow tomatoes with many gardeners due
to how simple it makes things. Cage growing lets the tomato plant grow
in a natural way but keeps the leaves and fruit from falling on the
ground. After the initial investment, these cages typically last for
several growing seasons.
Now that you have the tomatoes planted, you should water the plants
slowly and deeply to encourage hardy roots. This will provide very tasty
Caring for Your Tomatoes
The right care must be provided for
your tomato plants during the entire growth process if you want to be
able to harvest a decent crop. Something that is vital to a high yield
production is mulching. Using organic compost at the base of your
plants, usually 2 to 3 inches, will prevent the soil from losing water
and will also help keep weeds away. Remember to keep your plants
properly watered so they donít wilt. The tomato fruit is typically ready
for development when they are about 1 inch in size. When you start this
process, start working in the soil fertilizer a little at a time, then
thoroughly water. This is usually done several inches from the plantís
When your tomatoes are fully ripe and ready to be picked, you
will delight in sharing both the yield and delicious dishes prepared
using them with your friends, family and neighbors.