Ten great tips for growing tomatoes in your garden
Posted on 21 January 2011
– March 12th, 2010
by Gladice Thompson for the Landscape Network
Growing your own produce can be a very fun and enlightening, educational experience that many people find to be very enjoyable as well. Considering that local grocery stores also have produce, and that fresh vegetables are part of a well balanced and healthy diet, for many people it may make sense to grow their own vegetables. Not only can you more easily cut down on your food spending costs by having your own garden, but you can also enjoy fresher foods that are organic and that come from the fruits of your own labors.
Perhaps one of the most versatile of all vegetables happens to be tomatoes. They are used in so many different dishes and tons of varying recipes call for tomatoes as well. Not only that, they tend to be a very versatile and forgiving crop that most people are able to grow. Since they are vine-grown, once you have all of your setup in place, you can enjoy growing tomatoes for years to come, and not have to spend nearly as much time during the planting season getting your tomato crop underway.
Tomatoes have plenty of excellent uses, too. You can make pasta sauce with them, salsa, a number of different dishes call for tomatoes, you can jar or can them, and you can even make delicious and healthy juice drinks for daily wellbeing and so much more. Last but not least, tomatoes are costly at local grocery stores and farmer’s markets, especially organic tomatoes. To better help you out along the way, here are some great tips on growing your own tomatoes in your home garden.
- Get your seedlings started. You will require smaller 4” pots for seedlings, which you can find at any home gardening supplies store. You will want to transplant your seedlings once they have started showing leaves.
- Use grow lights or natural lights for the seedlings. The seedlings need about 12 hours of sunlight per day. You can also use grow lights if you have them as well.
- While the seedlings are growing, use a fan on a light setting for a few hours per day; this helps them grow strong, as they are used to the wind hitting them in the wild.
- Heat up the soil in your home garden. You can use plastic soil blankets for this. Apply them several weeks prior to planting your seedlings, as tomatoes grow better in heat.
- Plant your seedlings. Once they are showing leaves, plant them in your home garden. Make sure to dig plenty of room; about six inches deep for most seedlings.
- Use mulch. After you plant your seedlings, add a top layer of mulch. This will help to provide heat and prevent weeds as well as conserve moisture.
- Prune your tomatoes. After they have grown to be about three inches in height, remove the bottom layers of the leaves. This will prevent fungus from infecting the plant.
- Remove any suckers that appear on the joints of the plant so that they don’t rob the rest of the plant of water.
- Water regularly. Don’t miss any water cycles, so that your tomatoes grow healthy.
- Set ready tomatoes. Once you see a number of tomatoes that are ready for harvesting, pinch the tips so that they set.
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