Tomatoes Planting and Growing Tips
by Gary Peese
- Work a good amount of compost in planting area. We highly
recommend Oma's House Turkey Compost.
- Pinch off the lower leaves so that only two sets are above the soil level
with only an inch or two of stem exposed.
- Add a handful of Soft Rock Phosphate to the bottom of each hole and
mix into the soil. Set the new plant directly into this soil mixture.
- For stronger and healthier plants, remineralize the soil with a supply of
trace minerals (including greensand, lava sand, basalt and granite),
which can all be found in about a ½ to 1 cup of Tomato and Pepper
- To help prevent fungal disease, mix 2 cups of Corn Meal with the
- Finally, add Microrhizal Inoculants now. These beneficial fungi will
greatly enhance the plants ability to absorb water and nutrients.
- Select an area with full sun.
- Plant tomatoes at least 3 feet apart. Some larger vining varieties may
require more space. Proper air flow is important to prevent problems
with powdery mildew.
- Don't over water. Water established plants deeply every 7-10 days.
Tomato starts will need to be watered more often until established.
- For healthier plants and spider mite prevention, foliar feed about every
2 weeks with 1 tablespoon Seaweed extract and 2 tablespoons
Molasses per gallon of water.
- To control powdery mildew after long rainy periods, spray with a tea
made of corn meal. Use ½ cup per gallon of water, sit overnight, and
- For control of Hornworms, usually a violent spray of water will be
sufficient. Worms can easily be picked and discarded by hand. Can
also use a Bacillus Thuringiensis (B.T.) product if desired.
- Provide a tomato cage, especially for indeterminate varieties.
Article Type: Tip