Don’t you love it when you bite into your fresh home grown tomatoes and the seeds drip down your arm!
Somehow the flavor bursts much brighter than shop bought ones and the best part – growing your own tomatoes is relatively simple, and it’s a great way to save a little extra cash at the checkout.
If you’re going to try your hand at growing tomato plants then you might as well give yourself the best start and do it right!
We’ve pulled together some simple tips to get you started.
Find A Spot with Some Sun
Dappled light is always best so you don’t dry out the plant. If you are planting vertically from a roof or similar make sure it’s filled with plenty of soil.
Plant them Deeply
Gardenhood recommends planting two-thirds of the plant underground. This may sound counterintuitive, tomatoes are a bit different from most plants but when more of the plant is buried, more roots will sprout, making your plant stronger.
Plant em sideways (if you can’t go deep)
If you can’t or don’t want to dig deeply (or the soil is too thick), plant the tomato on its side, angled slightly downward. Just make sure the buried portion is at least 5 to 6 inches deep.
Keep the tomatoes well-fed
Give your tomatoes plenty of sunlight and lots of healthy soil. This means regular fertilization and about an inch of water per week.
Support Your Baby
Once the tomato plant is large enough (if it isn’t when initially planted), you’ll need to add a stake or other form of support to tie the plant to. Tomatoes are heavy and can bring the plant down, so it needs a bit of extra support to stay upright.
Nature Knows Best – Natural Fertilizer
We recommend grinding up eggshells and coffee grounds and adding them to the soil with the plant. This will help keep slugs away and make the soil more nutrient rich. For an added boost, you can also mix a raw egg in the bottom of the hole before you bury your tomato plant.
Keep a close eye on your tomato plants. Remove dying fruit and leaves, and make sure the tops of your plants don’t get too heavy.
Tomatoes are a great plant for growing in containers or in the ground, and while you can grow tomatoes with relatively minimal maintenance, a little extra care will ensure that your crop is bigger and better.
So there you have it – make sure you invite us around for some home made tomato based gnocchi.
Lots of love from the Gardenhood Team
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