Preparing Soil For Tomato Plants
Soil quality is an important variable in a tomato plants overall growth and productivity. If you invest the time in soil preparation, your tomato plants will not only be healthier, but they will provide you with a bounty of bright red fruit. The question then, is what steps of soil preparation should you take? We'll start from the beginning and guide you in the proper direction.
The idea of producing the juiciest, best tasting tomatoes is what drives most tomato gardeners. I would tend to believe that most gardners would also like to avoid using dangerous pesticides. The first step to your success is in the way you prepare your garden bed or tomato pot, and we will help to ensure that this happens for you.
If you are planting seeds, then you will want a good organic potting soil to get you off to the best start. This will lessen any chance that your young plants will be attacked by disease in their early stages of growth. Once the plants have begun to grow, you'll want to put them in your garden bed or large pot when they are about 6 inches tall.
There are a variety of methods used to keep cutworms and slugs and other pests away from your new plants. Some people use strips of newspaper, while others use plastic containers to keep these tomato plant enemies away.
Now let's focus on fertilizer. There are a large number of mixtures available at your local nursery or garden center by many manufacturers. One of the most popular, and tried and true, is the Miracle Gro brand. You can also ask for advice at the nursery or garden center to find out what works best in your area. Make a friend while you're there, too, and you may find an invaluable resource in your pursuit of tomato growing success.
And don't be afraid to try different products within your tomato garden bed. You can use one product on one end of the garden, and another on the other end. Through this experiment you will learn what works best by looking at the differences in the tomato fruit production and tomato plant health.
There's absolutely nothing better than a sweet, juicy tomato that has come directly from your own vine! That is why tomatoes are the most popular garden fruit!