Helena Talbot’s blog – The Right Way To Grow Tomatoes And How To Avoid Rookie Mistakes

Home grown tomatoes. They are the most widely home grown vegetable in the world. Everyone loves a fresh tomato. But it is not quite as easy as sticking a few seeds in the ground and watching them grow. There is an exact procedure you should follow if you want to successfully grow your own tomatoes.

If you mess up just one of the steps you will find yourself left with rotted, wilted or spotted tomatoes. So let’s talk about the right way to grow your own tomatoes and how to avoid some rookie mistakes.

Here are a few things you should do if you want to grow your own tomatoes at home.

1. Soil Prep. The soil should be a bit on the acidic side – the pH should be somewhere between 6.0 and 6.8. This means you will need to test your soil and make corrections if necessary (just follow the instructions on the package). The soil will also need to be well drained – but not soil that drains too quickly like sandy soil and clay soil. You may have to add some compost a few months prior to planting if your soil is not optimum.

2. Full Sun. Tomatoes require at least six hours of full sun each day – more is even better. Additionally, they need to be protected from the wind and they will need quite a bit of space to grow. A tomato can get up to six feet high and four feet wide so think ahead before planting.

3. When To Plant. You should plant your tomatoes once the soil gets to about 65-70 degrees F.

4. Staking Your Tomatoes. Your tomatoes will require staking. You can use some wood stakes and loosely tie the sagging branches to it or you can purchase a steel tomato tower. Either way, it is important to keep the plants from touching the ground. If they are touching the ground, your tomatoes will be susceptible to diseases and bug infestations.

5. Watering. Your tomatoes will need about one inch of water per week. However, avoid the rookie mistake of letting the soil get too dry and then flooding it with water to compensate. This will cause your tomatoes to split. Your soil needs to be consistently moist. A drip hose is the best solution for your tomato garden.

Here are some tips to help you develop great tomatoes from your own garden:

• Old pantyhose make great stake ties for your tomatoes because they won’t cut into the stalks of the plants and can be used over and over again
• You should rotate the location of your tomato garden each year to help avoid pests, disease and to allow the soil time to replenish itself
• If you buy already grown plants rather than starting the seedlings yourself, you should allow about a week for the plants to acclimate themselves before planting them. You can do this by increasing their exposure to sunlight by two hours each day by moving them from the shade to the sun
• If you are using seedlings, it is best to plant them on a cloudy day. This will reduce the chances of dehydration
I hope you have found this information helpful. Now you can go out and start preparing your garden for your very own home grown tomatoes.

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I have over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  As a Broker/Owner with Exit Realty Talbot and Company, I bring special tools and solutions that enable me to exceed the expectations of my clientele.  If you are considering listing your property in Loudoun County or the nearby areas, ask me about our latest internet marketing systems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.  I am experienced in listing and selling short sales.  For information on the short sale process, please visit  www.LoudounShortSaleSolutions.com.

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I have lived in Loudoun County since 1979.  I am married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  My son in law is my business partner in real estate.  I love to jog in the mornings and spend time relaxing on my Trawler during the summer months.

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