Tomato Growing – 8 Do’s and 5 Don’ts

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Over time we all learn tips and tricks which help us grow our vegetables, color gardens, landscape and even the lawn.

Little things like don’t plant unless the soil is above X degrees. Tomatoes have their “tricks” as well.

Don’t

Buy seedlings that are already flowering. You might believe you’ll be one step ahead. But… plant first need to get their roots firmly established before flowering and producing fruits. Let them start and flower in your garden.

Do

Pinch the first flowers of budding plants. It might sound ridiculous, but you’ll get greater yields by pruning tomatoes in the long run.

Don’t

Over fertilize your crops. The majority of the people think that by adding more fertilizer, you’ll double or increase yields in the same proportion.

Too much fertilizer will lead to more foliage and wonderful bushes. The plants will look healthy but unproductive.

If you want to enrich your soil, use more compost; not fertilizer addition. Same applies for your peppers

Do

Add a bit of Epsom salt. Tomatoes do well when Epsom salt is added to their roots, and if they don’t need it, it will cause no harm. It’s good to take preventive measures so as to ensure healthier plants.

Do

Plant your seedlings deep. It’s often called “Planting up to their necks.”

This enables plants to grow a strong root system; the better the roots and root system, the more yields you’ll get because of more nutrients and water intake

Don’t

Water your tomatoes from the above, if possible. Watering them from above will make the soil splash up on the stems, thereby making them susceptible to diseases.

Use the dripping system or soaker hose whenever you want to water your tomatoes.

Do

Mulch your tomatoes, especially when you’re using overhead irrigation system.

This will help to prevent the soil from splashing on the tomato stems as well as keeping the soil around the tomato plant moist.

Do

Stake your tomato plants. Tomato cages are a popular and easy way to increase yield, reduce disease and make caring for them easier.

Do

Know the type of the tomato that you’re growing. Understand that planting “determinate type” of tomatoes might stop producing fruits suddenly.

 

Don’t

Stress over having too many tomatoes! If you’re having tomatoes in plenty or concerned about the fruit flies invading your kitchen because of the influx of the tomatoes?

Simply wash a good number and store them in the freezer. Defrost them after some time. You’ll see the tomatoes skin slipping off.

Do

Plant several tomato varieties if you have ample space for them; Plum and Roma’s tomatoes are the best varieties for preserving and slicing for fresh eating.

Cherry tomatoes are ideal for snacking. I love the “ugly” tomato for putting on a sandwich. Plant your tomatoes having known the intention of your planting

Don’t

Transplant your tomatoes outside before the soil temperature hits 50F.

The soil temperature is determined by how close the sun is, the amount of sunshine the area receives, and the depth of the sun warmth.

The top soil can feel warm, but 6 inches from the surface still feel cold. You can plant the tomatoes when the overnight lows are reliably above 50F.

It will still work, but it’s best to wait when the soil temperature is above 50F.

Do

Speed the growing and maturing of your tomatoes by covering the area with a black plastic and tilling the soil around often.

If you plant early in the season, keep the tomatoes warm by using the cloches.

Do

Canning jars can still keep plants warm on cool evenings. But, don’t let the plants get fried by the heat. Canning jars can only be used when the fruits are still young and green.

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