Tomatoes are the easiest home grown vegetable. With some proper caring measures gardening tomatoes is an easy but challenging job. You need not be an expert to grow tomatoes but you cannot afford to be ignorant about it. Tomatoes need proper care and nourishment and they will reward you with lots of juicy tomatoes. Even though gardening tomatoes are easy, one must be aware of the few tips and tricks for their growing. It helps develop the plants faster and heavier.
Choose a sunny spot with lot of aeration for growing tomatoes. The quality of the soil also plays a major role. So prepare the soil at the selected spot or go for the potting mix and a spacious pot or container. Insert the tomato seedling deep into the soil while transplanting. Tomato plant can develop the root along the stem that is underground. The deeper root system can support the heavier harvest.
- Watering: The watering for tomato gardening is deep to the soil than on to the plant itself. The soil need moisture all the time and do not let it dry.
- Mulching is a good idea while growing tomatoes. Put a layer of mulch comprising of straw, grass etc. to help the soil retain moisture during hot days. Plastic mulch keeps the soil moist and warm that helps during the cooler climate.
- Fertilizing the tomato plants should be by liquid nutrients so that they get absorbed easily. Feed the nutrients as per the growth stage for successful tomato gardening.
- Pruning the non fruiting parts and dead leaves and shoot is important in gardening tomatoes. Pruning encourages sprouting and helps in more blooming and fruiting. Care must be taken as certain varieties of tomatoes cannot tolerate regular pruning. Pruning during fall helps the sunlight reach the fruits.
- Providing support system to the tomato plants helps it retain its position even when there is lush growth and heavy fruiting. When the pant gets support it is encouraged to develop as much fruits as possible.
Useful tips while gardening tomatoes
- Bright airy spot
- Plant up to the first leaves on the stem to initiate rooting faster, while transplanting the seedlings.
- Deep but infrequent watering on the soil and not on leaves.
- Prune the non fruiting branches to redirect the focus on to the fruiting parts.
- Add organic compost for healthier growing.
- Plant the tomato plants within a gap of 3 weeks so that there is always a new set to harvest and it does not end in a single cycle. Wait until the fruits are fully ripened before harvesting.
Enjoy growing tomatoes. Your happiness will reflect on the plant growth. When the plant is happy it will grow great and develop more number of fruits that are juicy and healthy. Choose the disease resistant variety so that the efforts are not spoiled. Hybrid varieties are prone to diseases and may be avoided. With proper care and regular nutrition, gardening tomatoes is easy and one can have the healthy tomatoes at the table right from your own garden.