Friday, May 17, 2013

10 Tips for Success with Tomato's

 This year we are trying something different.

Two of the plant's are in moveable pot's. More on those in a different post.
I also picked a part of the yard that I would have never thought of.
Last year I put down some newspaper and compost in the Fall and just left the area alone.
The plan was to make a butterfly and hummingbird area. Then the more research I did the more I realized I could more with the little plot of hill.

I popped some daffodil bulbs in that bloomed through out the early spring then when they stopped blooming .......

I planted some tomato plants. My husband friend Jose' said put them in an area that gets morning sun. This is perfect area.

The tomato's are thriving with so far no pest problem.

I have surrounded them with butterfly flowers and some trailing lantana. 

Here are the 10 Tips from Scott at Tomatomania

1. Read Labels carefully and choose varieties that are right for you. Choose early, mid season and late tomatoes. Let the "Days to maturity" be your guide.

2. Find the Sum : Tomatoes want sun and heat. Six hours of full sun is the minimum for success, 8 is optimal. In super hot areas however, it maybe necessary to shade the plants during the hottest part of the day. As you decide where to plant remember that it's a good idea to rotate planting each season.

3. Add organic fertilizer and liberal amounts of soil amendments and/or composts to your chosen garden spot. The better the soil, the better the tomatoes. Layering the nutrients across the top of the soil, is advised, as frequent aggressive tilling can disturb soil systems. Combine planting mix and potting soil in your containers.

4. Dig Deep plant Deep as you set out your seedling. Snip off the lowest leaves and bury part of the stem, leaving only the top 3-4inches of the plant above the surface.

5. Water correctly, which means soak the root ball, every 3 to 4 days for the first few weeks. Once tomatoes start growing, water deeply and less frequently. As tomatoes grow, the plant will inevitably yellow in places. More water won't fix that and too much water can dilute taste.

6. Fertilize wisely. Add an organic food in the hole at the planting, and feed again once that plant begins to flower. That is all they should need unless you know your soil is desperately lacking nutrients. Follow feeding along the way is a good idea just do not over do.

7. Container growers disregard numbers 5 and 6 ! Your plants will need water as often as every day in the hottest part of the season. Do your best to soak the pot each time you apply water. Feed them every 10 to 14 days.

8. Support your plants with bamboo stakes, a sturdy trellis or the cage your choice  as they grow. Support don't have to be pretty.. Just hold them up.

9. Be diligent! Watch your tomatoes each day in order to note any changes that might signal a problem. Exercise your option to prune (pinch) side growth if you need to limit the size or the spread of your plant.

10. Enjoy your tomatoes when they are truly ripe! Just because a red tomato turns red does not mean it is necessarily at the peak of flavor. Wait!!! Look for true deep color and some softness before you devour your harvest. That's how you'll get the most out of the season/.

I hope this helps you.

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