Growing tomatoes is very rewarding and tomato plants are part of many vegetable gardens all over the world. There are many
varieties of tomatoes and it's best to go to your local nursery to find out which varieties they stock and if they are suited for your
kind of soil and the space that you can offer them. Do you want big tomatoes like "Beefsteak tomatoes" which are great for sandwiches, medium sized like "Plum -" or "Roma tomatoes" which often used in Salads, or tiny "Cherry tomatoes which come as well in many varieties and make excellent salad tomatoes as well." If you want to use your tomatoes for sauces and chutneys than you should grow "Paste tomatoes" which are ideal to be used for cooking.
like a lot of sun and they will not do well in dark or shaded areas.
Some freshly harvested tomatoes from our Vegetable garden.
So it's best to prepare a sunny spot for them with healthy fertile soil. You should get the growing medium ready for your plants before you put them into the ground. The better the soil the plants grow in the more your plants will flourish.
A piece of ground prepared for tomato plants.
Remove all old plants, stones and roots. Add a mix of organic growing medium to your ground. I used a mix of 1 Part sand, 1 part composted horse manure and 1 part worm castings. (5 liter of growing mix per square foot should be sufficient.) Dig the whole ground up to a depth of about 12 inches and mix the growth medium into the soil. Than water the ground and let it stand for a few days.
Use planks or bricks to build stepping stones around your tomato plants. Either one will be fine and will enable
you to water the tomatoes without standing on the soil and compacting it. loose soil is essential when you are growing tomatoes.
Below are step by step instructions that will show you how you can be successful in growing tomatoes.
Tomato seeds in a pot.
Once you got your seeds from the nursery plant them in small pots. Fill the pot's with a fertile growing medium. We suggest 3 equal parts of worm castings, compost and top soil. Open your seed bag and carefully cover the surface of the pot with 10 to 20 seeds. Than water the seeds well and cover with a thin layer of your planting mix.(Please note that the pot needs to have holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain if needed.)
A tomato seedling ready for planting in the ground.
Young tomato plants in the ground.
Roma tomatoes on a mature tomato plant.
That's how easy growing tomatoes can be.
Using the above described guidelines you should grow many healthy and fruitful tomato plants.
A mature Earthworm that loves rich organic matter.
To get even greater results when growing tomatoes we always use earthworms, worm castings and worm tea to improve the productivity and fertility of the soil. We usually add a few worms to each small pot that I plant seeds in and add a few more worms to the ground when the seedling is ready to be planted in the ground outside. The worms will aerate the soil and make it easier for the roots to grow.
Twice a month we add some freshly brewed worm tea to the water that we use for the tomato plants. If you don't have worm tea at hand you can just sprinkle a handful of worm castings around the base of the plants. The castings will release their nutrients when you water the tomato plants.
To learn about "Tomato blight" one of the most common tomato diseases have a look at my wife Caroline's article at greenidiom.com
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