Planting a garden can be a lot of fun but get a harvest is really what it is all about.
These home grown tomatoes offer much more flavor than those sold at the grocery stores and even at many markets.
Growing tomatoes has always been tricky for a lot of us. They usually only yield 20-30 lbs per plant but by following the advice and steps in the video below you will have a lot more tomatoes than previous years.
1. Buy the right plants for your area. Talk with the Master Gardener association or university agriculture extension in your area.
2. Lay plants on their side so the tips will grow upwards.
3. Dig a trench and bury all but the top 3 inches.
4. Add 1/4-1/2 cup slow release fertilizer, like cotton seed meal, Osmocote, etc., to the trench.
5. Build a 5 foot high 2 foot diameter cage around each plant.
6. Cover cage on the sides and on top with “floating row cover” (a light polyester material) or plastic to protect from wind and weather until plants are large and strong and weather is warm.
7. Weekly apply water soluble fertilizer, like Rapid Grow or Miracle Grow, through a hose-end fertilizer applicator on the leaves.
8. When plants have set their first cluster of fruit, side dress with two to three tablespoons of ammonium sulfate and water well.
9. Pick tomatoes when 30% ripe to avoid the birds from eating them.
10. Do not put tomatoes in the refrigerator. Keep on the kitchen counter.