Growing Tomatoes

By ferti-lome ® Posted: 4/30/2013 Comments (0)

Did you know that tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in backyard gardens? Ther eare about 7,500 different varieties and take anywhere from 55 to 100 days to grow and are an excellent source of vitamin A and C. They are fairly easy to grow and can become a family project for all to get involved in and enjoy.


Getting Started
Tomatoes grow well in soil that drains well and receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, so be sure and pick out an area that will be best suited for them.

It’s all about the dirt

After determining a good planting site and the variety of tomato you will grow, you will need to prepare your soil by removing any foreign materials such as branches, rocks and general trash. Make sure you have the best soil possible. If needed, visit your local nursery and ask them for a good quality planting soil to work into your garden soil such a sour Natural Guard 100% Organic Garden Soil


As you begin to transplant your tomatoes from container to garden, plant them on raised beds of dirt at least 6 inches high and make the holes 3 to 4 inches deep or slightly deeper than the containers they came in. Be sure to leave each plant at least 2 feet apart from each other so they have room to reach for the sunshine. If they are tall or leggy plants, you can lay them over into the soil, cover with more soil, and gently work the stalk with a 90 degree angle upwards.

Let’s feed it!
Using a good quality fertilizer will give you the results you are looking for. Our ferti-lome Tomato and Vegetable Food with a 7-22-8 analysis with trace elements will provide your tomato plants with all the essential nutrients necessary for a tomato with better, juicier flavor and produce a bigger harvest with improved color and taste. Always follow label directions.

A Little Water Please
Be sure to water the plants slowly and deeply to help develop a strong root system. Don’t let them wilt as this will affect the yield and quality of the plant, thus making the plants weak and susceptible to disease and insect problems. For best results, water in the morning when it’s cooler.

To cage or not to cage

You can let the tomatoes grow on the ground or support them with stakes or cages.

It’s picking time

For best quality, pick tomatoes when at full color. If you harvest or pick them before they become ripe, let them ripen at room temperature. You can refrigerate after they reach full color.

What’s bugging you?

Chances are you’ll need an insecticide/fungicide product to help control those pests that will come looking for a meal in your garden. Whether it’s a leaf chewing or sucking insect, or a fungus problem, visit your locally-owned independent nursery and ask for the ferti-lome and Hi-Yield
brands you can trust.

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