Gardening 101: Planting Tomatoes

tomato.JPGMany people are already planting or preparing to plant tomatoes in their vegetable gardens. It seems that many people want to know what the secrets to growing Terrific Tomatoes really are. I will be covering this soon, but to help you get started on the right foot, I highly recommend this great post by Debra Roby:

I promised you an entire post on planting, growing and carrying for your tomato plants. Almost everyone with a garden of some kind decides to grow tomatoes; they are by far the most popular vegetable (well, actually fruit.. ) that’s grown. So let’s get digging.

Start by digging your tomato its appropriately healthy hole in soil that is completely warmed. Don’t rush to plant these too early, because tomato plants will just sit in the soil until it warms up. Sit and invite disease and insects.

Loosen the soil about 2.5 times larger than the size of root ball, and dig the hole DEEP. Sprinkle some bone meal or powdered milk around the bottom of the hole; the calcium should help prevent blossom end rot if summer weather fluctuates much this year. If you’ve thought past years tomatoes weren’t very flavorful, slip some chopped up banana peel into the hole too. As it composts (rots) it will add necessary potassium to the soil as the fruit is forming. Do not add fertilizer with a high nitrogen level (first number 20-30). This nitrogen will give you lush green plants but not much fruit. ~Debra Roby

To finish reading Debra’s great post, I suggest you visit her here. It is full of some great information to help you to get started on the right foot with your tomatoes.

There are still many different things that you can do to help your tomatoes be the talk of the neighborhood and the star of your summer dining table. There is nothing better than a garden fresh tomato and I for one, will not do without one!

What are some of your favorite tips or tricks to growing tomatoes? Or perhaps you have a question? I would be happy to help you all that I can. Please leave a comment and let’s get those tomatoes growing for your summer barbecue.

Photo by Derek Benjamin Lilly

 

Comments

  1. I love tomatoes. My grandpa was the best at tomatoes, it brings back so many wonderful memories and I think of him everytime I find a good tomato. Thanks for the good memories…

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