3 Tomato Growing Tips Your Neighbors Would Kill For!
Healthy, sweet, juicy delicious tomatoes involve several factors that not everyone may be aware of. Some of the factors, such as climate and growing season, may not be in your control, but other factors can definitely be controlled.
I’m going to let you in on three dynamite tomato growing tips that you can use wherever you live.
Killer Tip Number One: Heat Your Soil
Not many home tomato growers realize that the composition, pH and even the temperature of the soil are all important factors in healthy tomato growth.
Tomatoes grow best in warm, rich soil. One simple technique to warm your soil is to spread a black plastic sheet over the soil a couple of weeks before your tomatoes are transplanted. You may also consider keeping the plastic sheet on the soil around your plants once they are transplanted.
This will absorb the sun’s rays during the day and transfer that heat to the soil. It has the added benefit of reducing evaporation which will help keep your soil moist.
Killer Tip Number Two: Control Soil Composition and pH
Tomatoes grow best in soil that has a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Keeping your soil in the lower part of that range is preferable. You can measure your soil pH with pH kits from your local garden center.
An inexpensive way to keep your soil at the proper composition and pH is to add aged or composted manure to the soil in the springtime. Mix in a a slow release organic fertilizer and if it turns out that your pH level is too low, you can bring it up by spreading lime.
Killer Tip Number Three: Water Your Plants the Right Way
There is no hard and fast rule on how much water to give your plants, but generally speaking if the weather is hot you should water your tomato plants once every 2 – 3 days, and remember that rain counts.
This may seem obvious but many growers get so caught up in their watering schedules that they can discount rain entirely. Don’t.
Water your plants SLOWLY. Don’t drown them. Use a drip hose if you have one.
One BIG mistake that most people make is to simply apply water from a hose or can to the tomato plants like watering a flower.
Believe it or not, this mistake is huge.
If you water the leaves and stem of the plants without getting enough water to the roots, you may actually be depriving your plants of adequate water while at the same time exposing them to diseases and pest infestations.
Perhaps the smartest technique is to use a one-gallon plastic milk container. Punch a few small holes in the bottom and bury it near the newly transplanted tomato plant. Fill it with water and let the water slowly drip out the bottom to your plant’s roots.
Following these simple, inexpensive tips can lead to tall, healthy tomato plants with luscious, sweet tomatoes.
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