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Wondering How To Grow Tomatoes In a Garden? Not only are homegrown tomatoes better tasting than store bought, they can also be harvested all summer long. Tomatoes really are one of the most rewarding things to grow!
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How To Grow Tomatoes In a Garden
What’s the Difference Between Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes?
- Determinate tomatoes are plants that grow to a pre-determined height. They are good choices for canning and sauce-making.
- Indeterminate tomatoes increase in height throughout the growing season. The fruits on these plants are produced continually through the season along the side shoots of the plant. Indeterminate tomatoes are the choice if you want to spread out the harvest over a longer period of time.
Should You Grow Tomatoes From Seeds or Plants?
Due to a relatively long growing season, tomatoes are most commonly transplanted as starter plants rather than direct-seeded into the garden. Transplants can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Look for short, stocky plants with dark green color and straight, sturdy stems about the size of a pencil or thicker. Avoid plants with yellowing leaves, spots, stress damage, and avoid plants with flowers or fruits already in progress.
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Do Tomatoes Grow Better in Pots or in The Ground?
In general, determinate tomatoes tend to do better than indeterminate in pots or containers. Keep in mind that the bigger your container, the better the roots will grow.
How Do You Plant Tomatoes In The Ground?
The first step is to dig holes larger than the tomatoes’ original container.
Tomatoes have the ability to grow roots along their stems, so set the plant in the hole burying two-thirds of the stem when planting. Then, pinch those lower leaves off. This crucial step will allow the plant to sprout roots along the buried stem, so your plant will be stronger and better able to find water in a drought.
Space determinate plants 2 feet apart and indeterminate plants 3 feet apart in your garden bed or box.
How Often Should Tomatoes Be Watered?
Water tomatoes generously for the first few days after planting. Early in the growing season, water plants daily in the morning. Then, give tomatoes 2” of water at their roots per week. As temperatures rise, you might need to water tomato plants twice a day.
Why Do You Put Cages Around Tomato Plants?
A tomato plant grows upright, holding its fruit up off the ground. They often need cages or stakes because the tomatoes get heavy enough to pull limbs or even the entire plant to the ground, potentially snapping the branches or stem in the process. Indeterminate plants need taller cages of at least 5 feet.
What to Feed Tomatoes When Fruiting?
If you want a large harvest of tomatoes, you’ll want to use natural soil fertilizer.
Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so they’ll also need compost to promote both plant and fruit growth.
Should I Trim My Tomato Plants?
If you are growing determinate tomatoes, you don’t want to prune. Determinate plants develop all of their fruit at one time, so pruning may cause you to sacrifice tomatoes for no reason.
If you’re growing indeterminate tomatoes, which produce fruit regularly over the course of a season, pruning is essential. This will help to keep the vines in control, and it encourages the plant to produce several large tomatoes instead of lots of leaves and many smaller tomatoes.
If you decide to prune, look for the tomato “suckers,” which grow in the “V” space between the main stem and the branches on your tomato plant. If your goal is to maximize the harvest, prune suckers sparingly. A good compromise is to remove all suckers that grow below the first flower cluster.
So wasn’t that easy? Growing tomatoes in your backyard garden isn’t that hard at all! For a little bit of effort you’ll get a BIG reward this Summer, so give it a try!
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