Gardening tips for tomato plants
When you are just starting out with your own vegetable gardening, a wise choice is to include tomatoes in your choice of plants. They are one of the best plants for a beginner to try his or her hand with.
Strictly speaking of course tomatoes are not vegetables they are actually a fruit, but most people categorize them as a vegetable and they are a classic ingredient for a lovely summer salad.
There really isn’t anything nicer than having your own home grown tomatoes sitting freshly picked on your plate.
Tip Number 1 – correct spacing
Always leave enough space between your tomato plants when you plant them, a common mistake of a newbie gardener is to place the plants too close together. The plants then end up fighting for everything, nutrients from the soil, sunlight and water. Far better to leave enough space and let them prosper in adequate space even if that means having a few less plants.
Tip Number 2 – warm soil
Warm soil, anyone who has grown tomatoes in a hanging planter will probably have noticed slightly better yields from the plants than when they are planted in a normal garden. Providing attention is paid to all the other aspects of growing tomatoes of course. The reason for this is that the soil is warmed slightly by the sun in a way that the soil in a standard garden isn’t. What you can do, however, is to create that same affect by placing black plastic sheeting over the ground and using the thermal heating effect that results to warm the soil.
Tip Number 3 – plenty of sunshine
Tomato plants need a minimum of 6 hours full sunlight a day and some people would recommend up to 10 hours of sunshine. Whichever camp you fall in, it is clear that a good location needs to be selected where the plants can get the required amount of sun.
Tip Number 4 – prepare the soil
You need to prepare the soil for where you are going to plant your tomatoes with a nitrogen rich fertilizer, compost and mulch. The mulch will help with water retention and the compost fertilizer mix will provide the much needed nutrients that are required, especially when the fruit starts to appear.
Tip Number 5 -proper watering of tomatoes
Watering, not too much and not too little. You should aim for a happy balance where the plants neither dry out or are absolutely drenched in water. A moist root ball is a happy root ball and will allow the nutrients to be absorbed by the plant that are required to produce the tomato’s fruit.
Always remember that you are not growing tomatoes for the supermarkets, if they turn out a little less than perfect now and then, don’t beat yourself up over it, they will probably still taste great and there are other alternatives for the ones that don’t get served fresh. For example making tomato chutney is a brilliant way to preserve some of your tomatoes for outside of the normal growing season.