My Secret Growing Best Tomato Plants Is Easy
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Tomatoes are ideal for beginners
If you are just starting out at gardening I think that the tomato may be the best fruit to try growing.
My purpose for this hub is to share a step by step guide for a beginning gardener to try planting a tomato, I think it is very important to educate yourself about tomatoes, so click here to get info about the tomato plant.
Ok here is what you will need to plant a small tomato garden. we will use 6 plants for my example.
You will need two (2) 20 lb bags of potting soil, I recommend the Organic Miracle grow but just basic potting soil will work, the advantage of using Organic Miracle grow is the fact that it has the miracle grow fertilizer already in the bag and it is all natural and I really like that and have had much success using it.
Then you will need 6 large pots to put your plants in.
I usually use plastic ones and you can find them anywhere from Wal-Mart to Dollar stores.
Please make sure to punch holes in the pots so that the water will not just stagnate in the pot but will flow out of it, most plants DO NOT HAVE THE HOLES PRE-PUNCHED, so make sure and check that when you buy your pots.
Then you need six plants - I would recommend getting some better boys or maybe some german pinks, really the choice is yours as to what variety, you would like to get I really like those 2 varieties because they are very tough and produce plenty of tomatoes, I have had great success with them both.
Then you need 6 wooden stakes & also 6 wire cages.... Here is a high quality wire cage that I would recommend...click here to see them
and finally 12 bread ties or plastic adjustable tie downs.
OK now after you have the pots, with the proper amount of holes in the bottoms and sides, add you potting soil until it is about 4 inches from being full, the take your hand and scoop out a hand full of soil in the center.
Add you plant in the center of the pot about 6-8 inch deep,as a rule of thumb the larger the plant the deeper into the soil when you are potting them, also be sure and crush the organic wrap at the bottom of your plant, this allows it to get more water.
After you get it potted add you stake to help hold the plant upright and gently wrap around a bread tie or plastic tie down at the bottom and near the top of the plant. you just want it tight enough to hold it but not too tight that it cuts into your plant and as the plant grows you will have to re-adjust the ties.
After they are secure...just add water, make sure you get them soaked ... this is a important step, soak them you really can't water them too much the 1st time.
All finished with the potting, now just keep them in direct sunlight
Now if you will keep your pots in direct sunlight they should shoot up a foot or so the very first week you set them out, unless you have too much rain.
Also don't water them too much, every afternoon an hour before sundown is an ideal time to water them, if you have had rain that day, they do not need watering until the next day.
That is what I love about tomato plants that are potted, the work is done if you follow these steps above, you will just need to adjust you ties about once a week and keep them watered and they will produce some healthy tomatoes for you, if a weed happens to pop up, just remove it from your pot by pulling it up roots and all.
After the plants grow to about 1 & 1/2 foot high to 2 feet high add your wire cages to support them so that they do not break, just simply push the wire cage down into the pot and tie the plants to the wire. I use bread ties but you can use string or most anything you have lying around.
I will close by saying that gardening is fun and is also good for our planet,we need plants of any kind now more than ever,they help improve air quality wherever they're planted.