Farming Garden

Tips to Grow Tomatoes!

From Dan in New Mexico:

What tips can you share for growing tomatoes the traditional way. The wife and I want to get some growin next year.

Here are some of the best tips:

#1 Plant where they will get at least 10 hours of direct sunlight.

#2 Leave enough space between each plant to allow for air to circulate.

#3 Soak you tomatoes at their base once a week, more during the hottest days of summer. Do not spray the plant, water directly on the soil at the base of plant.

#4 Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches

#5 Once your tomato plants reach about 3 ft. tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1 ft. of stem.

#6 Use sturdy cages or stakes and secure the stem to the pole with loose cloth or wire every 8 inches or so.

#7 Once your tomatoes start to ripen, add a bit of compost around the base of the plant and scratch it into the soil

#8 Pinching off the tips of the main stems of Intermediate varieties in early summer will encourage them to start putting their energy into flowering.

#9 Check plants regularly for tomato hornworms (large, green-and-white-striped caterpillars) and pick them off and destroy them when you see them.

#10 Pick your tomatoes when they are fully sized and ripe, but still firm.

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