In this article you will discover how to plant tomatoes, America's most popular home-grown crop. The attached video, which was shot in early June, gives an update on our garden, and towards the end, you will be able to see how to tie tomatoes, and how to care for them. It is wonderful to be able to eat and serve your own succulent tomatoes from the garden.
They have a taste that store-bought tomatoes almost always lack. However, they are not as simple to grow as you might expect. How To Plant Tomatoes Outdoors Tomatoes are a climbing plant.
You can grow them either in containers or in the ground, but they need to have a trellis or other support to climb.
If you are using a stake, you will need to tie your tomato plants to the stake as the tomato plants grow. This will allow the tomato plant to grow straight and tall. While the tomato plant is growing, you will need to remove the side shoots that appear between the stem and the branch. Commonly referred to as “suckers”, pruning is recommended because this suck er will be competing for nutrients with the other stems. You may get more fruit if you leave the sucker, but the fruit will be muchsmaller and the tomato plant will become much heavier. They also like warmth and plenty of direct sunlight. They will grow in most parts of the USA from zone 3 and in the UK and Europe, but in cooler climates you should choose a suitable variety and be sure to plan a sheltered, sunny spot for them. Do not plant them outside until you are sure that there will be no more frost. Planting in containers has the advantage that you can easily move them into a greenhouse or into the house at night, if cold weather threatens. It is possible to grow tomatoes from seed, but most people start with small plants from the nursery.
Check plants carefully for any signs of disease. I have started growing different varieties of tomatoes, ranging from Grape to Big Bertha.
The kids love to walk through the garden and snack on grape tomatoes Soil pH should be from 6.0 to 7.0. You can check this with a soil testing kit from any nursery.
If your soil tests outside of this range, either add product to alter its acidity level or plant your tomatoes in containers in compost of the right pH.
If planting in the ground, dig plenty of compost in to your soil, then dig a hole about a foot diameter for each plant.
The holes should be 12 to 18 inches apart according to the variety of tomato (the label should instruct you on this).
Put in the bottom of each hole a little compost.
Set the plants into the holes and fill with compost. It's fine to cover the lower branches of the growing plant, but at least 3-4 branches should be above ground.
Make sure to water the tomato plants after planting. I like to add peat moss around the plants to deter weeds from growing, but I wait around 3 weeks after planting.
I want the soil to warm up and allow the plants to grow before I add any type of mulch.
Tomato plants need 1-2 inches of rain per week. If you get less than this, be sure to water them often.
Make sure to water plants when they are developing or else you may end up with blossom end rot and cracking.
If your plants seem to look wilted, then give them a drink of water. If you are growing tomatoes in the garden, be sure to rotate them to different parts of the garden each year.
They are very prone to disease and moving them around will help to stop the common tomato diseases from becoming established.
Once the tomato plant gets to be around 3 feet in height, begin to remove the leaves from the bottom of the plant. These leaves have a tendency to develop fungus, and removing the leaves will allow air to circulate more freely. This will lessen the chance of fungus and diseases.
For the same reason, if you are growing them in containers it is best to discard the compost and clean the container, as well as burning the remains of the plant, at the end of each season.
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