Can’t believe it’s already April!! There’s nothing that feels more like summer is coming than growing beautiful juicy tomatoes in the garden! Ever since I started my vegetable garden, I’ve been obsessed with growing tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes can be made into everything from a delicious tomato bisque to a homemade pasta sauce. They are full of nutrients and they’re just so damn delicious. Today, I’m sharing with you the 8 tips for growing tomatoes in your garden and some of the mistakes I’ve learned in the past of growing tomatoes.
It can get a little pricey to buy at the supermarket, depending on where you go. Especially if not eaten immediately, they can go bad. But not anymore! Now that I have 18 tomato plants growing in the garden, that means lots of tomatoes for my family, friends,and neighbors!
- Don’t plant your tomatoes too early!
- Tomatoes are a warm-weather plant so make sure to plant them when the night weather is above 50 degrees. The location is different so plant according to where you live. https://www.almanac.com/gardening/frostdates
- Don’t EVER water your plant by spraying the leaves. Always water at the roots and in the morning. Spraying the leaves will cause diseases. Using a drip system is ideal but if you don’t have one don’t worry. Just make sure you water the plant at the roots.
- Plant your tomato plant at least 8-10” deep so it’ll grow strong roots. A good rule of thumb would be burying the plant until the first two leaves are in the dirt.
- Finding a good support system for your tomato plant is crucial. This will prevent any rotting and bacteria from growing. (air circulation) This will also prevent any damages to the plant and roots.
- Mulching. Tomatoes need moisture. Don’t let the soil and the root dry up. The mulch will also protect the plant and keep the temperature as it grows.
- Good Fertilizer and compost. When you see blossom end rot, that could be a sign of deficiency of calcium in your soil. Make sure you keep a constant watering schedule. Overwatering or underwatering can cause blossom end rot. I grind up eggshells and mix them with water to water my tomatoes weekly.
- Pruning the sucker. I never knew you had to prune the sucker to help your tomatoes grow, but pruning the sucker really does help your tomatoes thrive. The “sucker” is literally the name and it will suck energy off your plant. The sucker is the side shoot that grows between the main stalk and the branch. Also by pruning the sucker, it will help give your plant better air circulation. (Remember damp conditions will promote disease)
- Sun sun sun! Make sure to plant them in full sun! Plant them in the sunniest part of your home!
Tomato plants are great in containers too. If you have never grown tomatoes before, I hope you feel better about growing them now. We all learn from experience and trust me, I’ve failed many times when growing anything. It is so fun to learn from my mistakes and see how I’ve improved year after year. Trust me when I say, when you see that first juicy tomato grow on your plant, you’ll be so excited and happy!