All About Tomatoes

Tomato FAQs:

~Tomato plants come in a wide variety and each one has a distinct flavor, acidity and maturity rate (as to when they will yield tomatoes).    They grow well in many types of soil.  Adding peat moss, manure or compost will increase quality of soil.  They require full sun for at least 6-8 hours of the day and need a lot of water.  Leave enough distance between your plants for adequate circulation and root growth, Tasty Tomato recommends leaving 24 to 36 inches.  Dig your hole  and set plants in the ground deep enough so that only two or three sets of leaves are exposed if smaller plant.

~Tomatoes need some type of starter solution to wash around the roots helping it grow.  We have fish emollient, and an organic product called Thrive that will be perfect and encourage growth.  Caging your plants provides good structure and support to help the plant grow upward.  You want to add the support once your tomato is planted to prevent root damage by staking or caging after roots start to grow.  Caged tomatoes tend to be more productive.

~To help to keep the soil moist, add a layer of mulch, straw/hay, or bark which will help prevent moisture from evaporating to quickly from around the plants and prevent weeds from germinating.

~Nitrogen rich fertilizer is recommended for tomatoes for flowering and providing a balanced environment for overall growth.  We have a variety of fertilizers specifically for tomatoes including miracle grow and many other varieties.

~Foliage control involves pinching and pruning out of control leafy growth, be careful not to remove too much since the foliage protects the tomato from sun scald and converts sun into energy for the plant.  Too much coverage can shade the tomato and slow ripening especially in the autumn months.  Let tomatoes ripen on the vine for best taste.  Pick when red and firm.  Light isn’t necessary for ripening tomatoes that are taken off plant to early.  Most green tomatoes ripen to red if placed in cool dark place at about 65-70 degrees.

~Crushed eggshells applied to the surface of the soil offer a great source of calcium which is critical for a healthy plant.  Don’t forget to water because the plants can’t absorb the calcium or the fertilizers without adequate water.

 

~plant Basil next to your tomato plants!  It will attract bees which improve pollination and ward off aphids, making it the perfect companion for your tomatoes in your garden.  More pollinators lead to a bigger harvest. Here are more compatible plants for tomatoes: Arugula, asparagas, basil, beans, carrots, celery, chives, cucumbers, garlic, lemon balm, lettuce, marigolds (attracts ladybugs, bees and praying mantis ), mint, nasturtium, parsley, peas, onions, roses, spinach, stinging nettle.  DO NOT PLANT NEXT TO: apricots, corn, cabbage, dill, eggplant, fennel, peppers, potatoes, walnuts because these plants attract the wrong bugs or will inhibit tomato growth.

      Follow these tips and enjoy your perfect ripe tomato!  Good Luck!

 

 

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