M ost everyone agrees a fresh tomatoes tastes so much better than those bought in the store. 90% American gardening households and tomatoes are one of the most popular plants grown in home gardens.
Anyone can do it. Even if you live in a house with only a small yard or in an apartment patio, you can grow tomatoes in pots or containers. You can even grow them indoors.
What fun! you can grow your tomatoes plants and easier, following this easy-peasy tomato slice method. Like anything else, there are some special things to know about growing tomatoes and some pitfalls to avoid.
Here are 6 quick tips to help you grow the best tomatoes…
1. Warm the Soil
This is an awesome tip that many people don’t realize. Approximately two weeks before you plant your seeds or seedlings in the ground, preheat the dirt in your garden. Cover the area with a large plastic tarp. Red or black works best. This increases the heat in the soil and guesses what? Tomato plants thrive in the heat.
2. Train Your Seedlings
If you’re starting the seedlings inside, you can actually train them to withstand windy weather. Set them in front of a small fan for up to 10 minutes, twice a day. Another strengthening method is to rub your hand gently, back and forth, across each one for a few minutes. Your plants will be ready to better withstand a strong breeze in no time.
3. Don’t Overcrowd
Don’t overcrowd your plants. Tomatoes need room to grow. As a general rule, plant three seeds per container. Transfer to the garden or in individual four-inch pots, as soon as each plant begins to get its own leaves.
4. Bury Plants Deeper
Bury plants deeper in the garden than they were in the pot. This allows them to develop roots along more of the stem and produces a much stronger plant. If you are growing tomato seedlings in a flat, thin them out so that there are six inches between plants. This will lessen the chance of root entanglement and be damping off, a fungus disease that kills young seedlings.
Also! Surrounding your tomato plants with three inches of an organic mulch beneath the plants helps moderate soil temperature, reduces water evaporation, controls weeds and helps to feed the soil as it breaks down.
5. Let There Be Light
Tomatoes plants love sunlight… the more direct, the better. If you choose to grow tomatoes indoors, you’ll generally need to purchase an artificial light source to shine on the plants at least 14 hours a day.
6. Pinch Off Suckers
Pinch and discard any small “suckers” that you find growing in the joint of connecting branches. Leaving them alone just saps energy from the plant. As the tomato plant grows, remove any leaves that start to turn yellow. For best results, water tomato plants on a regular basis.
Gardening tips. If you spot a tomatoes horn worm, hand picking is also the most potent control for mature tomato worms. If using chemical products, make sure the label states that hornworms are controlled by the product.
About watering tomatoes plants?
Water regularly. Consistent watering produces stronger plants and larger fruit. In the height of summer, water 2-3 times a week. (Rainfall counts.) Later when temperatures cool, scale back to once a week – Avoid overhead watering, which spreads diseases.
Also, drip irrigation is one of the most effective ways to water tomatoes. and you can use a water timer to make watering even more consistent and convenient.