No matter what they are used for, an aromatic tomato salad, a fruity tomato sauce or simply pure and fresh, tomatoes definitively taste the best harvested from your own garden. Below, we have listed some tips on how to cultivate your own tomatoes with little effort.
What do you have to consider when planting tomatoes?
First of all, you need to choose an appropriate type from a nearly endless offer of variety. You can buy tomato seedlings in garden centres and nurseries everywhere. Important criteria when selecting your preferred tomato type are their intended use and resistance to diseases and pests.
Plant the seedlings in a sunny place with nutrient-rich soil. Almost all varieties require a climbing aid, spiral rods around which the main shoots can wind themselves are ideal.
What happens to the side shoots?
In order to make your tomato plants produce more fruits, you should be growing the plants with one main sprout only. This means that all other young shoots need to be cut off, as well as all other lateral shoots. In addition, the head of the plant can be cut above the fifth raceme. This way, the strength of the plant is directed to these five racemes and the plant will ultimately yield a better harvest.
Make sure that you always water the plant at the base and never pour water over the leaves; the plant can be more easily affected by pests when wet. A well-proven gardener’s trick is to bury a clay pot next to the tomato at soil level. When water is poured into or above that clay pot it flows directly to the roots without wetting the leaves.
In general, you should never let the soil dry out completely and water tomatoes regularly.
So good luck with growing your own tomatoes! We wish you a rich harvest!