Things You'll Need:
- Gardening Gloves
- Hanging Baskets
- Potting Soil
- Garden Trowels
- Garden Hoses
- Fertilizer Analyzer
- Tomato Seeds
- Compost Makers
- Garden Stakes
- Tomato Plants
- Step 1
Buy tomato plants at the nursery for
plantingafter all danger of frost has passed. Otherwise, start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last expected frost.
- Step 2
Choose a site that gets full sun and has
soilwith a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Tomatoes need plenty of warmth to taste their best, so provide shelter from chilly breezes, whether with a windbreak of trees, a garden wall, or a vine-covered trellis.
- Step 3
Amend the soil with plenty of compost; tomatoes need soil rich in organic matter.
- Step 4
Harden off seedlings, whether store-bought or homegrown, and move them to the garden when nighttime temperatures remain above 50 degrees F.
- Step 5
Dig a hole the size of a basketball for each plant. Add a shovelful of compost and a handful of crushed eggshells (for needed calcium) to each hole.
- Step 6
Set the plants 12 to 18 inches apart depending on variety (see the seed packet or plant label). Plant them deeply - up to the fourth branch from the top - to encourage new root development.
- Step 7
Place a paper collar around each plant to deter cutworms, and cover the plants with cloches or floating row covers to protect them from insects and cool temperatures.
- Step 8
Remove the covers when the weather has warmed, mulch the soil and install any supports the plants will need as they grow.
- Step 9
Make sure plants get between one and two inches of water every week, and to ensure a bumper crop, spray them with compost tea or seaweed extract four times: two weeks after transplanting, after the first flowers appear, when the fruits reach the size of golf balls, and when you spot the first ripe tomato.
- Step 10
Pick tomatoes when their color is glossy and even, and their texture midway between soft and firm.
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