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Here Is How David Grows Delicious Tomatoes In His Backyard

Updated on June 7, 2014

How To Grow Tomatoes At Home

Here Is How David Grows Delicious Tomatoes In His Backyard: David, my husband and CEO of David's Garden Seeds And Products loves to garden. He learned how in the Texas Hill Country town of Leakey. Every years since we have been married, now 27 years, David has had a garden and always grows a large variety of delicious tomatoes. They really are one of the easiest vegetables (fruit) to grow and there are so many to choose from. Some of our favorite varieties are grape, cherry, beefsteak, tycoon, roma, and rose.

David And His Tomatoes

Grow Tomatoes From Seed

To successfully grow tomatoes, you must select high quality seeds or high quality plants. We offer both at David's Garden Seeds. We always grow our tomato plants from seed. We start them indoors during the winter months so that when spring arrives early in San Antonio, our seedlings are ready to go into our garden.

Just plant your seeds in a small amount of potting soil in a CowPot, which is made from cow manure. Place your CowPots in growing trays and add water to the tray so the dirt will soak up the water and cause the seed to sprout or germinate. Place the growing trays on garden heating mats and as soon as the sprout comes up, put the tray under a growing light. Tomatoes will come up in about seven days.

When the seedlings are six inches tall, which takes six to eight weeks, they are ready to go outside, provided the danger of frost is gone. Do not immediately plant the seedlings into the ground. Place them out on your deck for two to three days and nights and let them get used to being outdoors in the cooler climate. Then it is okay to plant them in your garden or in a large pot on your deck, from 15 inches or bigger. The roots need lots of room to grow.

Give the tomato plants full sun and lots of water, especially if the sun is hot, like it is here in San Antonio, Texas. Place mulch all around the base of the plant to prevent the dirt from drying out quickly. In the hot Texas sun, we have to water tomato plants two to three times a week at least.

Tomato Plants

Taking Care Of Your Tomato Plants

Again, full sun and lots of water are best if you want juicy, delicious tomatoes. Fertilize with Neptune's Organic Fish Fertilizer. This is what David uses on our garden at home. You mix two tablespoons to one gallon of water every two weeks and your tomato plants will grow big and start putting yellow flowers quickly. Each yellow flower turns into a tomato.

Watch for bugs or disease. Spray the plant with Safer Insect Killing Soap if you notice any bugs. This is organic and will protect the plant from nasty and unwanted visitors.

Once the little yellow flowers turn to green tomatoes, it is just a matter of time until they ripen and turn juicy red, orange, yellow, purple, or dark green. Yes, tomatoes do come in all of those colors. We grow many colors.

Tomatoes taste best when picked at the height of ripeness so do not pick them until they look perfect. Then wash and slice them. You will be amazed at the wonderful fragrance of home-grown tomatoes. They are not like the poor ones you buy at the grocery store. The real test is in the taste. Take a bite and your mouth will go crazy as you taste the delicious freshness that is your home-grown garden tomato! You will never want to eat a tasteless store-bought tomato again.

Once you learn how to grow tomatoes at home, you will understand why home-grown is best:

  • The taste is so good.
  • You don't have to worry about chemicals on your family's food.
  • You know there are no GMOs to make your family sick.
  • You will discover how much fun it is to grow food from seed.
  • You can teach your children how to grow their own food.
  • Extra tomatoes make great gifts to friends and relatives. Most will be very appreciative of fresh vegetables from the garden.

David And The Author, Juanita

David putting out some pepper plants at Trader's Village in San Antonio, space 1187.
David putting out some pepper plants at Trader's Village in San Antonio, space 1187.
Juanita, the author and photographer.
Juanita, the author and photographer.

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