Here we are, week #9 already of my Get in Your Garden! Guest post series. I love growing things in my garden, I find it amazing to see what a seed can grow into. I also get a great deal of staisfaction of being able to eat something that we have grown. So the week we are looking at some tips on tomato growing.
Get in Your Garden! Week #9
This week is by Richard Clayton and all about growing your own organic tomato garden. So I will hand over to Richard…
I’m an owner of a small gardening shop. I love gardening, especially lawn care. I can spend all of my free time taking care of my lawn and discussing lawn care experiences with my friends, who have the same hobby as me. My website is a playground of us, where we can discuss everything about lawn care techniques.
USEFUL TIPS TO GROW YOUR OWN ORGANIC TOMATO GARDEN
Growing your own organic tomatoes is fairly easy. If you are tired of paying high prices for organic tomatoes at the store, then next season, you should be prepared to experiment with organic tomato gardening. There are a few basic tips for growing your own organic tomato garden:
1. Location with Plenty of Sun
Tomatoes need plenty of sun, at least eight hours a day to be productive and to keep the soil and roots warm. Organic tomato gardening is based on the ideal garden location. Tomatoes thrive as much on heat as they do the sunlight. If you have to increase the level of light or heat, then sometimes a reflective back fence can help. It can be as simple as a white sheet staked between two fence poles to reflect more light onto the tomato plants.
Plants do the best when the soil temperature is over 55 degrees and the night-time temperatures don’t get colder than that. On the other hand, tomatoes have a hard time withstanding a heat wave for very many days when it reaches over 90 degrees. If the temperatures at night are cooler than 55 degrees, you may need to cover your plants with buckets or sheets overnight. If it is getting extremely hot during the day, you need to provide shade, by hanging a sheet on one side of the garden to block the hottest sun of the day.
3. Staking and Pest Control
In organic tomato gardening, staking plants by keeping them off the ground protects them from soil that is laden with harmful plant insects. Natural pest control in organic tomato gardening also means that you don’t re-plant tomato plants in the same place you may have experienced diseases or pests the year before. Organic tomatoes are to be grown in an area that has not been chemically treated in three growing seasons, so you may have to relocate plants. Mow the grass in the growing areas neatly with a mower may help you control lawn pests better.
Uneven watering can be responsible for sporadic growth of fruit and can also cause problems with rot diseases. Two good waterings per week, with the ground soaked six to eight inches is usually sufficient for tomatoes. Of course, they love water, so if it gets extremely hot, you will have to water more often for them to stay productive.
5. Mulch for Weed Control and Preserving Moisture
By using black plastic around your plants, you will discourage weed growth and keep warmth in the soil. This can help direct water to the plant root system when sloping towards the plant. You also can keep weed growth down and moisture in by laying heavy layers of newspaper around the plants and keeping them damp.
By pruning the suckers at the joints of the stem and leaves, you will focus more of the plant’s energy on bearing fruit. If you don’t prune, you will get more tomatoes, they will be smaller in size, and be sure you have plenty of mulch to keep the vines and fruit from direct contact with the soil. If you decide not to stake plants, the suckers will root themselves into the ground. This can help provide more water. If they are not rooted, they will take more of the water the plant gets.
You can use natural fertilizers, such as manure or fish emulsion on the tomato plants. Using compost from your recycling pile is another way to add nutrients without chemicals, when you are organic tomato gardening.
After reading this article, you may see that growing your own organic tomato garden is not too hard. Instead, it’s quite interesting to someone, who love gardening. Just follow 7 simple tips above, and you will have a fresh and delicious tomato garden for your family. Good luck!
Thanks Richard, some great tips there. I’ve just planted my tomato plants out into their grow bags, so hopefully by following some of your tips I will get a bumper harvest this year.
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