Thursday, May 19, 2011

How To Grow Tomatoes

The heroes of the home garden, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, a home-grown tomato surpasses store-bought fruit in terms of flavour. There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes with different uses and slightly different flavours. After a few years of trial and error, you’ll discover some delicious varieties that appeal to your tastebuds.

What you will need 
Pelletised manure mulch
Gardening trowel 
How to
1. Plant your tomato seedlings when the soil temperature reaches 15°C after the last frost.
2. Plant in a sunny spot with lots of air circulation.
3. Rotate tomatoes each year and never plant them in the same bed two years running. Plant tomatoes a little deeper than usual, as they will grow roots along any stem that comes into contact with the soil, creating a deeper and stronger root system. Do not prune the lateral branches, as this will reduce your yield. If you find they are becoming unwieldy, just thread the stems through your trellis.
4. Keep the soil moist - neither dry nor wet. Water plants with seaweed solution and don't over feed them; you can simply add a pelletised manure through the growing stage. Make sure you remove any leaves that come in contact with soil and mulch around each plant to a depth of 15 centimetres.
5. Save the seeds and carry on the strain.
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