Growing Tomatoes Made Easy – Part 1

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Growing Tomatoes Made Easy – Part 1

The tomato is the most popular vegetable grown by home gardeners in America. There are several reasons for this. It is an easy plant to grow, it is highly productive, and grocery store tomatoes aren’t very good, or even tomato like. In order to grow tomatoes you need a sunny spot in your yard, on the back deck, on the patio or a sunny spot on the side of your house.

The tomato is a tender annual that grows best when the weather is hot. With very few exceptions, the plant’s blooms will not set well with either the day or night temperature is below 50 degrees F. The tomato is a plant for the summer garden and should be set out after all danger of frost is past.

The tomato is a heavy feeder and the nutrient level needs to be kept uniform throughout the growing season. A nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium fertilizer ratio of 5-10-5 will give your tomato plant just what it needs to grow, set a lot of fruit, and provide for the plant’s overall disease resistance.

Tomatoes need a pH of 6.0 to 7.0, they also need calcium to help prevent a disease called Blossom end rot. Applying agricultural lime each year will take care of this.

Prepare the tomato growing area at least 6 weeks ahead of planting time. Work the ground deeply with fertilizer and organic matter and work in 5 pounds of agricultural lime per 100 square feet of growing space. Tomatoes do not like soggy soil so by working in organic matter the soil’s drainage will be greatly improved.

Plant tomatoes after the air and soil are warming and there is no danger of even a light frost. Normally this will be about 2 weeks after the last frost date of the spring.

Growing Tomatoes Made Easy – Part 1

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