There is nothing more enjoyable than feasting on homegrown garden tomatoes. Whether beefsteak, cherry, or heirloom, they are all such a treat. They can be started in March by seed indoors, then transplanted late May to early June, weather dependent.
WHERE, WHEN & HOW TO PLANT.
- Pick the sunniest garden spot, the more sun the more fruit!
- Do not plant outside too soon. The soil must be 15-18 degrees Celsius consistently before you plant. You can even warm up soil you will be planting with indoors.
- Plant deeper than they are in the pot. Tomatoes are one of the few plants that likes deep planting. It will help grow sturdier more resilient plants.
- Water deeply and cover with Garden Straw or Mulch to keep them from drying out. We carry bales of a sterile Garden Straw, that is perfect in all garden areas. Keeping moisture even can help prevent blossom end rot.
- Shortly after planting you want to fertilize using a fertilizer with calcium to prevent blossom end rot. We suggest Evolve organic tomato 3-2-2 Organic concentrated tomato and vegetable plant fertilizer. It contains calcium to help prevent blossom end rot. We also carry a granular version that can be sprinkled on the soil right after planting. You will have a rich tasting, larger tomato with a longer shelf life!
- Determinate (bush) tomato plants stop growing usually somewhere around 3′-4′ feet tall.
- When flowers blossom at the tips of the branches, the plant has reached its full height. The fruit of a determinate tomato plant ripens all at once, making them a good canning choice.
- Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow and can reach heights over 6 feet tall. They keep producing all season long, till they are hit with a hard frost. This type continues to produce tomatoes all growing season until a hard frost hits and stops them in their tracks These are the perfect type to grow if you want a continuous harvest for salads and sandwiches.