Who doesn’t want a fresh summer tomato straight from the garden, is there anything better? I think not, I have supplied an easy graphic for you on 10 Tips for Growing Tomatoes that you can keep handy so you are guaranteed those delicious summer tomatoes all season long.
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Top 10 tips to grow tomatoes.
#1 Plant where they will get at least 10 hours of direct sunlight.
#2 Leave enough space between each plant to allow for air to circulate.
#3 Soak you tomatoes at their base once a week, more during the hottest days of summer. Do not spray the plant, water directly on the soil at the base of plant.
#4 Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches
#5 Once your tomato plants reach about 3 ft. tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1 ft. of stem.
#6 Use sturdy cages or stakes and secure the stem to the pole with loose cloth or wire every 8 inches or so.
#7 Once your tomatoes start to ripen, add a bit of compost around the base of the plant and scratch it into the soil
#8 Pinching off the tips of the main stems of Intermediate varieties in early summer will encourage them to start putting their energy into flowering.
#9 Check plants regularly for tomato hornworms (large, green-and-white-striped caterpillars) and pick them off and destroy them when you see them.
#10 Pick your tomatoes when they are fully sized and ripe, but still firm.
Determinate tomato plants: all fruits ripen around the same time and plants are fairly compact in size
Indeterminate tomato plants: produce tomatoes over a long period and shoot out many stems
Don’t miss my post on Companion Planting for Tomatoes, it is not too late to add a few basil, or Marigolds, or my tips on July Gardening; Tomatoes, Garden Pests and the Heat