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How to grow big tomato plants.
In this article I am going to show you the in's and outs of growing successful tomato plants that produce huge tomatoes. I am going to talk about what is needed for your plant including the proper environment, and little tricks to help fertilize and enhance your soil. The end result is HUGE tomatoes.
How to get started,
The first thing you need to do when growing huge delicious tomatoes is to pick your area where your garden is going to be where there is at least eight hours of daylight. If you do not plan on planting a garden then you need to pick a good size pot to place your plant in that is well drained, and pick a spot where it will get plenty of good sun. The Topsy turvey tomato planter does not work. Please do not use this planting method- unless you want puny tomatoes.
The next thing you need to do is go to your local nursery, Home depot, Lowe's etc. I personally purchase all my plants from Home depot because I like their selection. Make sure when you pick your plant that the stalk looks good and shows no sign of disease- hence yellow spotted leaves. You also want to purchase a metal ring plant steak, a sturdy stick steak (the thick ones), and some green plant tape.( All these items are together in the garden area). You also need to purchase a good size bag of potting soil- preferably soil designed for gardens since it contains more fertilizer, a bag of Epsom salt, and a bag of blood-meal. Last but not least purchase your plants and get ready to place them in their new home.
Getting your soil ready.
Being a country girl, and having gardens my whole life I have learned a few little tricks that you can do to enhance your tomatoes. One of the most important things to achieving a successful garden is to make sure your soil is where it should be. Your soil is where your plant will grow from and is honestly the most important.
If you are planting a garden in your backyard make sure the area you want your plants to grow is free of weeds, and tilled properly to loosen up the soil. If you do not have a tiller, or cannot rent one than a good old shovel will do the trick. Loosen up the soil real good, and add a couple cupfuls of either tea or good old coffee grounds. Plants love caffeine and will flourish if you do so. Also add a little blood-meal to your soil this makes it very rich and keeps away the rodents, and when you dig your whole to plant your plant in- sprinkle a little bit of Epson salt in the whole before the plant goes in this is a little secret I learned thru the years.
Now make sure if you are planting a Garden that you run chicken wire along the garden, because pesky varments like racoons, and rabbits will think it's a buffea otherwise.
If you are just planting your tomato plants in a pot than do the same to the soil and stated above for the garden, and you will be so grateful.
Planting your tomato plants
OK so I am sure you are wondering when do I plant my tomato plants? The best time to plant them is when you are for sure there will not be any frost. I always plant mine right after mother day. If you are just planting now I would say depending on your region but you have till the end of August beginning of September.
Once your whole is dug and you have placed ebsone salt in the hole along with a little potting soil you want to add your plant. Tomato plants like to be burried deep, so make sure the beggining stalk is covered real good. Sprinkle potting soil on top of the plant after you planted it. Make sure you leave at least 2 foot of space between each plant, because your plants will get very big.
How to water your new plant.
Personally with the heat lately I have been watering my plants in the morning and evening. I don't connect a sprinkler and let it run, I just wet the soil real good at the base of the plant. Make sure you only water the base of the plant even if you are tempted to hose the whole plant off. Only watering the stalk will help prevent disease.Tomato plants like moist soil so keeping your plants well watered will make them flourish.
Disease the yellow spotted leaves.
Sometimes no matter what you do you cannot prevent this. If your plant is showing signs of spotted yellow leaves at the base of the stalk the first thing you want to do is remove those leaves from your plant all together, and you to your local store and purchase some type of disease preventer. Spray this on the plant when it is dry at the base and let the soil soak this up before you water it. I personally like my garden all natural so I don't use this product unless I have to.
A good way to detour pests in your garden is to plant quite a few garlic plants in your garden. Bugs do not like garlic in any fashion. If you want an all organic garden you can spray the tomato plants with water soaked in garlic that has sat for a couple days. Now I will note, after every rain you have to repeat this procedure, otherwise you can purchase a pesticide repellent called Seven and sprinkle this on your garden. This is one of the few pesticides that is somewhat still organic.
Staking your garden.
Before your garden gets real big, because it will if you follow my steps, make sure you properly stake your garden. Place the metal rings around your plant, and place that big metal stake in the middle right next to the plant because you will need this for support. Once your plant gets real big you will use the green tape to support the long stems and tape to the ring and the stake. You don't want your plants touching the ground in any fashion because if you do disease can be a result.
Be ready to have quite a few big delicious tomatoes on hand. It will take your plant approx 40 days for your tomatoes to develop and be ripe to pick. Once they are ripe they will come in back to back, so be ready to be your neighbors best friend.
A good friend of mine that also grew up in the country had a really bad problem with racoons eating up her plants. She did not use blood-meal which would of prevented this- but she sprinkled cut human hair around her garden. the spell detoured the raccoons, but she had to repeat this process after every rain. She now has short hair...lol.
If you take an old gallon milk jug and you just place all your old eggshells in the jug and fill it with water and let it sit for approx a week, it will be miracle water for your plants. It will have a fowl smell when you water your plants with it, but it is amazing and will show better results than miracle grow.
I hope you enjoyed my article on Growing HUGE tomato plants. If you follow my suggestions you are bound to be successful and have delicious mouth watering tomatoes. I do every year, and brag about my ending results.
If you like this hub than you will like my hub on how to make Homemade spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes. This is a good way to use up all those nice delicious tomatoes that you grown. It even shows you how to jar them.