Published: December 10, 2018, 10:55am | Modified: June 19, 2019, 11:43am
Tomatoes are a great starter plant to introduce yourself to gardening. Here are some tips to help you grow tastier tomatoes.
Give them a lot of sunlight. They need 8-10 hours. Plant the tomato plant deeper than the pot/ground level. You can plant up to the bottom leaves. Once the plant has reached 3’ tall, take some of the bottoms leaves off; they are prone to fungal problems. As leaves turn yellow, pull off and discard.
If planting in a garden, plant the tomato plant at an angle. Doing so will help support the plant structure and the plant will straighten as it grows. It also encourages root growth. Keep moist and never let dry out. Letting your plant to dry out can cause a lot of problems, especially blossom-end rot. Once spring weather arrives, mulch your tomato plant well to help retain moisture.
Tomato plants love soil that is rich in organic matter. So, if you have clay soil, be sure to incorporate a mushroom compost or some dry manure. Adding used coffee grounds to the soil will add nitrogen to the soil. Crushed egg shells mixed in the soil will add calcium. When planting, add a teaspoon of powdered milk in the hole. This also adds calcium. Fertilize with a fertilizer made especially for tomatoes. These types of fertilizer have a higher “middle number,” which is the phosphorus level.