Companion Plants

Beneficial companion plants should be placed near the tomatoes and around the tomato patch  as a defense  against the Tomato horn worm, nematodes and other insects.

Soil Modifiers

While it is very important to have your  soil tested.  Either way if  you find you have to add Calcium and will be using  lime, my suggestion is to use powdered lime which is Calcium Carbonate and not Lime made from Dolomite unless you check the labels for its Arsenic content which occurs naturally  with Dolomite.

 

Tomato Stakes or Cages

Stakes or Cages –always a great question.  Some people like tomato cages because after they are put in, all you have to do is put the branches thru the holes.  I like Stakes much better even though I have to tie up the plants. The Stakes enable me to keep heaping soil up around the stem as the plant grows  and to mulch them better.  The Stakes also last a lot longer than the cages.

Ready for Planting Tomatoes

When the patch is ready for planting tomatoes, dig a hole deep enough so the soil will not only cover the roots but come a few inches over the stem. The Tomato plants can be planted much deeper than most other vegetables.  If your soil depth is not deep enough yet, such as in heavy soils or a new garden, the plant can be planted sideways by gently  bending  the stem.

 

Bag of Coffee Grounds

Welcome to Tips on How to Grow Great Tomatoes. I will be adding tips as often as possible.

For our 1st TIP
As it gets closer to planting time ask your local coffee shop if they will save a few Bags of Coffee Grounds for you. Sprinkle in the soil especially if yours is Clay or on the heavy side and dig in as you prepare the planting area. It will help to break it up and add important minerals for the Tomatoes back into the soil .