Easy steps for planting tomato plants in a container or backyard vegetable garden.
Learn how to plant, care for, water, and harvest tomatoes when gardening at home.
With the weather on your side, buying tasteless store bought tomatoes during the summer months can be a thing of the past!
Your garden can produce a successful crop of delicious homegrown tomatoes every year to use on sandwiches, in salads, and homemade sauce recipes.
It is possible for anyone to become an expert at planting tomatoes, even gardeners who do not have enough gardening room for cultivating a traditional garden plot.
The most important vegetable gardening tip we can pass along is in selecting the proper varieties when planting tomatoes.
The average seed catalog offers 20 to 30 different tomato varieties.
Not all varieties will be suited for your climate or soil conditions.
However, there are dependable species that are easily grown, resistant to disease, and known for producing bumper crops of tasty tomatoes in just about any location.
Tomatoes are one of the easier vegetables to grow in a container garden.
However, the crop yield will likely be less when the plant is grown in a container.
Use a large container, and fill it with high-quality potting soil.
Choose a small-growing or miniature plant variety, as these plants are better suited to container growing.
When growing tomatoes in containers, it is important to feed the plants frequently with liquid fertilizer.
It is also important to water the plants frequently, as soil in containers will dry out much more quickly than does the soil in a garden.
Start the seeds indoors around eight weeks prior to the final frost date if you want to grow seedlings.
Plant the seedlings at a space of three feet apart.
Dig a hole about eight inches deep to hold the roots and the stem up to the first set of true leaves.
Planting tomatoes deeply helps the plants grow a strong root system, which in turn assists them in flourishing.
The secret to growing the best tomatoes is to water the plants frequently and deeply during the plant growth stage.
An ideal way for watering the crops is to use drip or soaker hose along the base of the tomato plants.
Utilizing this technique gets the moisture down to the roots without soaking the fruit or foliage, which causes mildew and other plant diseases.
Dig down a couple of inches every few days to check the soil below the surface.
If the soil is dry, water the plants.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that tomatoes need two gallons of water per plant each week.
The plants will require more watering during very dry and hot weather.
On the other hand, less water is required during rainy periods, and also after plant growth is achieved.
After the tomato plant begins setting fruit, reduce the amount of water given.
Having less water will stress the plant, and encourage fruit development rather than foliage growth.
In our area, (Oregon) we usually cut back on watering tomato plants around the 4th of July.
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