Tomato plants are probably the easiest thing to grow in your garden. Here's a simple guide to do just that!
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Growing tomatoes from seeds or plants
Tomatoes can be grown from seeds you start indoors, but it does take a little more time. You will want to start tomato seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
You can read all about how to start seeds indoors here.
If you are looking to plant today, than you will want to find a tomato plant at your local garden center.
Planting your tomato: what it needs
- Full sun-Find a place with full sun.
- Tomato Cage-When you are planting your tomatoes, make sure to put a tomato cage around each plant. This helps support the tomato plant as it grows.
- Water daily (for first week)- Watering tomatoes really depends on your climate and weather. When they are young and newly planted, start by watering them daily. This just helps with the initial transplant shock that could occur.
- Water as needed(while it's growing up)- After about a week of daily watering, I would suggest a deep watering only when the soil is starting to get dry. (This could be daily, every other day, or every few days.) This forces the tomato plants to grow their roots down deeper. If water is always available at the surface, the roots will sense that and think they don't need to grow deep to get the water.
- Water daily (while its growing fruit)- Once your tomato plant has developed some height and starts flowering, you need to water daily. Growing juicy tomatoes requires a lot of water so you can go back to daily watering at this point.
Hope this helps you grow some delicious tomatoes! Happy gardening!!