Terrific Tomatoes – How To Grow Tomatoes

 

 

Gardening is even more fun and productive when people grow food in their own backyard.

Although this may require extra attention and effort, having the peace of mind knowing that they are eating organic, chemical-free, and guaranteed healthy fruits and enjoying the fruit of their labor is definitely fulfilling.

Tomatoes are one of the most commonly used fruit in most dishes. It is also packed with nutritional benefits such as Lycopene, Vitamin C, Biotin, Vitamin K, Potassium, and more! It is also a proven remedy for headaches especially when mixed with basil.

Growing tomatoes is not too hard.

 

Here are some things that gardeners need to remember about tomatoes.

 

Photo by: Matt McGee

 

  • Tomato Information

    • Botanically known as Lycopersicon esculentum, tomatoes can survive full sun exposure. It is a vine that does not require too much care. These babies are practically low-maintenance. Gardeners just need to make sure that these plants are well-protected against pests. Some of the most popular tomato varieties are Amish Paste, Matt’s Wild Cherry, and Brandywine.

 

Photo by: Greg Younger

 

  • Planting Tomatoes

    • It is best planted in a well-drained soil, under full sun exposure so it can get about six hours of sunlight daily. It loves acidic, loamy soils and it is classified under USDA zone 2 to 10. Tomatoes are best planted from seeds at least six weeks before the last spring frost. Till the soil where the tomatoes will be transplanted and incorporate organic matters such manure, fertilizer, or compost a couple of weeks before the actual transplanting. Transplant tomatoes when the soil warms up after the frost for best results. Establish stakes for better tomato fruit positioning or gardeners can opt for cages in case they want their tomato plants to grow upright. Each plant should at least be two feet away from each other, pinched, and watered well.

 

 

 

Learn more about care and pests on the next page.

 

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