Growing Tomatoes, Part 2

Caring for Your Tomatoes

Caring for your tomatoes is fairly simple, but there are certain steps you need to ensure you take in order for your crop to prosper. The following are some tips we’ve found useful:

  1. You need to ensure that you water generously for the first few days after planting. This is a crucial time period.
  2. Water plants about 2 inches per week during the summer and ensure that you keep your watering consistent.
  3. It’s a good idea to mulch the plants 4-5 weeks after transplanting to help them retain moisture.
  4. If you’re experiencing a drought, flat rocks are a useful trick. Place a flat rock next to each plant to ensure that water isn’t evaporating.
  5. Plants should be fertilized two weeks prior to picking and after the initial picking.

Further notes about fertilizing:

  1. When picking out fertilizer, you should know that the numerical formula refers to the percentage of macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) in the product. Nitrogen nourishes foliage, phosphorus promotes growth, and potassium builds strength in stem and roots.
  2. The term “organic” is subjective and doesn’t necessarily mean organic. There are components such as lime, greensand, and gypsum that aren’t organic because they don’t contain carbon. The term organic in gardening doesn’t refer to chemical composition, but the process the product has undergone and how toxic it is to the earth, humans, and animals. But especially whether or not petrachemicals are used in the product.

Next week we’ll be discussing the specifics of fertilizing including process and procedures for execution. Happy planting!