Tomatoes are America’s favorite home-grown vegetable. Nothing says summer like vine-ripened tomatoes! They’re easy to grow and offer many varieties. If you’ve chosen meaty Beefsteaks or bushy Cherries, your plants should be budding flowers by mid-June (wait, that’s now)!
Water Me Deep
Keeping your plants consistently watered will prevent blossom end rot, those oddly shaped cracks you sometimes see on the bottom of the fruit. Water in the morning to prevent disease, and always water the soil, not the plant.
Feed Me Please
Fertilize every 4-6 weeks with organic NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium) 3-2-2 fish emulsion diluted in a one gallon container. Fish emulsion can be found at most garden centers. You might not enjoy the smell of this cocktail, but your tomatoes will thank you.
Most garden pests will ignore your tomatoes, but be on the lookout for the tomato hornworm. One or two of these can devour a whole plant in a couple days! They are a 3-4 inch long green caterpillar that likes to hide on the underside of the leaves. Hand-pick them off the leaves, they don’t bite or sting.
Show Your Support
Once your plants start growing and producing fruit, they’ll be too top-heavy to stand up alone. You can stake them, but using tomato cages is much easier. Cage them right after planting to avoid breaking branches.
Check back in a few weeks when talk about how to save and store your seeds!
If tomatoes are the highlight of your garden, get us over at your place to help build a specialized trellis. You can find one of us here!