Growing Tomatoes and Aftercare
Photos of Growing Tomatoes
How to Grow Tomatoes
Tomatoes are like potatoes, they are easy to grow and look after. I love growing this vegetable because it is healthy to eat, it is packed with good nutrients and I use it everyday in my cooking or salad. Tomato is not fussy where you grow them, but they grow well in sunny areas of the garden. If you haven't got enough space in your garden, you can grow them in a container, in a grow bag, in a pot, directly into the soil or in your greenhouse. Last year or the year before, the tomatoes that I planted in the greenhouse did very well and survived while the ones I planted on my plots outside got blight. Mind you we had so much rain last year that didn't help. This year, my tomatoes are doing well outside the greenhouse and even the ones in the greenhouse too. Hopefully, I will have a great harvest soon.
Steps of Growing Tomatoes
There are two ways you can do. Plant tomatoes straight into the soil or grow tomatoes into a seed tray first, then grow tomatoes wherever you want later when the tomatoes are about two to three inches tall. I want variety this year so I planted some cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, tiger tomatoes and purple tomatoes. The taste of all this tomatoes are all delicious. I have grown the same kind last year as well and so enjoyed them, so I make a point of growing them every year from now.
Growing Tomatoes Into The Soil or Ground
- Prepare your plots by digging and flattening the top of your plots.
- Make parallel holes(a foot apart from each hole) and put some compost and slow release fertilisers like Grow More or Chicken Pellets and mix them all up.
- Now put at least four or five tomato seeds in the hole but spread them out(thin them out later when they all grow}.
- Cover them lightly with the soil from the sides of the hole and firm them in.
- Water them after and everyday after planting(twice daily when weather is really hot).
Growing Tomatoes in Containers, Pots or Grow Bags or in your Plots.
- First of all, grow the seeds in a seed tray with good compost.
- When seeds are two or three inches tall, transplant them to the container of your choice.
- Put compost and slow release fertiliser like Grow More or Chicken Pellets in your containers or holes in your plots and mix them all up.
- Water them after and keep watering them everyday, twice daily if the weather is really hot.
After care of Tomatoes
After you have planted your tomatoes, all you can do is watch them grow and water them everyday but not to overwater as they will rot. Feed them with liquid fertiliser after a couple of weeks of planting and every other week after. I use Grow More liquid fertiliser or any tomato fertiliser. When side shoots appear in between the leaves and stem, take them out as it will help the fruits get bigger and also cut the top of the tomato plant when it is so tall. As the tomatoes can grow tall, it is better to support them with sticks or strings to keep them upright. Tie the tomato plant on the stick so that it will stay upright and the fruits won't weigh the tomato plant down. If you grow them in your greenhouse, it is possible to tie them on the roof of your greenhouse. I did it with my tomatoes in the greenhouse as they grew so tall. When watering, try to water from the base of the tomato plant instead of watering the leaves especially when they got fruits. I remove also the older leaves at the base of the plant to keep it tidy.
Tips on Where to get Tomato Seeds
I have learnt that two or three of my colleagues are also gardening enthusiasts like me. So what we do is, every year we exchange plants or give seed plants to each other. What I do is if there is a new kind or new coloured tomato that I see in the supermarket I will buy that and keep some seeds for planting. I love the cherry, tiger and plum tomatoes for salads. They got nice and sweet taste.
You can buy tomato seeds or tomato plants in garden centers but I find that they are so pricy whereas if I grow it myself it is cheap or sometimes free. I keep Tomato seeds every year for planting the next year.
I wrote this hub based on my personal experience as a gardener. I have learnt a lot from my Aunt and my own father about growing vegetables.