As many of you know, I am on a quest to grow the BEST tomatoes this summer. I am armed with the best information thanks to Gardentok, there’s no reason I can’t succeed. Ugh, I wish it were that simple, but I am hopeful, very hopeful. Here are six tips you need to know about as you head into planting season.
1. Reset the Soil-I added peat moss, organic potting mix, and Dr. Earth Organic Tomato Fertilizer to well-tilled soil.
2. Plant Roots Deeper– I had no idea about this one. You should plant the stem so that no peach fuzz is showing. In other words, bury it deep, as in a few inches deeper. The peach fuzz on the stem are baby roots, and that will ensure it has a stronger root system.
3. Companion Plants– This is important. What you plant near or next to your tomato plant is vital to its growth. The top companion plants are basil and chives.
4. Prune Suckers- Those smaller stems, usually in between the V, are called suckers, and they drain the strength from the main plant. Either cut them or use your finger to pluck them off. You can add these smaller stems to water, they should grow roots, and then you can replant these. Also, be sure to remove any branches that touch the ground.
5. Potassium Water– Slice up a banana peel and let it sit for 24-48 hours. Then strain and pour at the base of the plant. It’s a great fertilizer, wards off pests, and aids in root health. I am doing this once a week.
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6. Water, water, water! It’s as simple as it sounds, yet it’s the hardest to accomplish for me, at least, just because we are on the go so much in the summer. But I’m telling myself this year, no matter if I have to get out there at 10 pm, I will.
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Have a happy day, friend!