Tomatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and they can be used so many ways, try and grow your own with the help of this guide!
Many dishes need tomatoes to taste great! Tomatoes are used to prepare meals in many communities around the world. They are so ubiquitous because they can grow in many different climates.
The best thing about tomatoes is the fact that they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Because of this, they provide many health and wellbeing benefits.
You can eat tomatoes as fruits or use them to make delicious tomato soup to go with your favourite bread, grilled cheese, salad, fried fish, or stake. To get an endless supply of fresh tomatoes, you should grow them in your garden, and we are going to show you how.
How To Plant Tomatoes
Tomatoes are best grown from seeds. To plant tomatoes, you need to buy seeds from a reputable garden or seed shop. Make sure the seeds are certified. If you attempt to grow tomatoes from tomato seeds you extract yourself from a random tomato, the resulting plants will not be very impressive.
Once you get certified seeds, start them indoors about eight weeks to the last frost date in spring. Do this by sowing two seeds per 0.5-inch hole about 1-inch away from each hole in a small pot with planting soil and set the pot under growing lights to increase the temperature for germination. Make sure you want the seeds after starting them.
After about one week, your seeds will germinate. You are then supposed to cut off the weaker seedling in each planting hole. You should continue watering the seedlings and exposing them to growing lights every day.
Once they become big enough, transfer each seedling to a bigger pot. Make sure you do not disturb the root ball. About two weeks after the last frost date, your tomato seedlings will be big enough to transplant. And the ground will be warm enough to support them.
To transplant tomato seedlings, prepare to plant sites by mixing the soils with compost and then dig holes big enough to accommodate the root balls of your tomatoes. After this, set you tomato plants in the holes and bury them and then water them.
Make sure your tomato plants are about 24 inches apart.
How To Care For Tomato Plants
After transplanting tomatoes, the most important thing to do is to water them consistently. If you fail to do this, they will die or have a disappointing yield. You should only add enough water to make your tomatoes’ root systems moist but not wet. Because overwatering is also a problem.
The second most important thing to do is to protect them with some sort of netting when the sun is too hot. This will prevent them from losing too much water.
Many people apply mulch to the base of their tomato plants. This helps reduce moisture loss.
Tomatoes are essentially herbs. Therefore, they require support in the form of stakes, especially when their fruits start growing big and becoming heavy.
How to Harvest Tomatoes
You will know your tomatoes are ready when they reach full size and change colour from green to reddish. You will also know they are ready when they give a little when you press them.
To harvest a tomato, hold it gently and twist it to detach it from your tomato plant.
Tips & Common Problems
Tomatoes can be grown successfully in many regions across the world. They can even be grown in the USDA zone 10 regions. To ensure your tomatoes do really well, prune them when they are coming up to strengthen them and then stake them when they get fruits to support them.