What better way to celebrate summer than planting your own tomato plant and picking fresh fruit right off the vine. It is never too early in the season to start thinking about your tomato garden. Growing great tasting tomatoes doesn’t just happen, however. It takes some time tested growing tips to get the earliest and sweetest tomatoes you can and continue to getting them all season.
Space Out Your Seedlings
Starting tomatoes from seed can be very rewarding if you remember one simple rule: give your seedlings room to branch out. When planting seeds it is important to remember their need for space when the plants become more mature. Close quarters can inhibit growth so you should transplant the small plants as soon as the first true leaves sprout out. They should then be planted in four inch pots to continue their growth.
Tomato plants are light loving and need strong, direct sunlight or at least 14 to 18 hours under grow lights every day. When considering where to plant your seedlings, you should look for the sunniest part of the garden and plant there. You can place containers or pots in that area if the soil is not conducive to planting directly in ground.
Bury and Mulch
If you purchase more mature tomato plants, you may have noticed the pots are rather shallow. You should remove them from the pot and replant them in the ground or another pot all the way up to the few top leaves of the plant. One great thing about tomato plants is they can develop root systems all along the stem of the plant. Once the plant is buried in the soil, you should mulch to conserve water and help prevent disease.
Prune and Water
Once the tomato plants have started growing, you should remove the bottom leaves of the plant. These leaves are the ones most affected by disease and fungus. You should also remove the suckers that develop in the joints of two branches. These suckers take away from the energy of the entire plant. The final thing is to remember to water the plant regularly while it is growing. If you do not, you run the risk of blossom end rot and cracking.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? You may be familiar with the old nursery rhyme about the lady that planted silver bells in a row in the ground. If you are planning a flower container garden, then this will require more care to promote healthy vigorous growth.
Consider Your Container Choices
The first major consideration with flower container gardening is the container itself. They should be deep enough to accommodate the growing plant’s roots. Make sure you are not using a shallow container because it will dry the plant out quickly and stress the flower you have planted. The two considerations needed when choosing a container is the depth of the container and whether there are drainage holes in the bottom. The drainage holes ensure proper drainage so the plant will not drown in water while maintaining proper solubility of the s
oil. You may place some newspaper over the drainage holes to avoid the potting soil from leaking out of the drainage holes during watering.
Before you plant anything in your container, make sure you add fertilizer into the soil. Slow release fertilizer is the best option because it will continuously fertilize the plant for about three weeks before you have to reapply. It is better to leach the soil of any old fertilizer before adding the new fertilizer to the top of the soil. You can do this by running clean water through the container until it runs out the bottom drainage holes. This should be done continuously until the water is pouring out as fast as it is being poured in.
Cut Your Plants Back
If it seems that your flowers are not doing well in the container, try cutting them back to encourage new growth of the plant. This should also be done for leggy plants or plants that are not bushing out. Once the plant has been cut back, apply liquid fertilizer to the soil, taking care not to touch the plant base. Any blooms or spent areas of the plant should be removed promptly to encourage new flower production.
If you’re thinking about starting a garden it’s a good idea to make a list of all the supplies you’ll need to get going. First and foremost, you’ll want to decide what size of garden you want, and what types of produce or flowers you want to grow. After making those decisions, you’ll need a few tools and other things to make your gardening experience a great one.
The basic tools you need for gardening are handheld a couple shovels, a trowel, shears and a cultivator. These tools are crafted especially for the work you’ll do on your knees digging, planting, pruning and weeding. You’ll also need a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the soil and other things needed to prepare, plant and maintain your garden.
You might also consider buying a knee cushion since most gardening is done down on your knees.
When buying seeds for your garden it’s crucial that you do some research and learn which types of plants grow best in your climate and location. Some seeds need direct sunlight to grow, while others grow best in shaded areas. You’ll also need to determine how much water your garden will require. In some places with stricter water policies, lists of low-water plants and trees were compiled to keep water usage within limits.
The purpose of growing a garden is to produce plants, flowers or vegetables and so you want them to be able to survive. Consider buying buds of plants that you want to grow. A baby plant is often more successful than trying to grow plants from seeds alone.
Your garden will need to be watered regularly. You’ll definitely need at least one watering can, and depending on the size of your garden you’ll have to decide if you’ll invest in a hose, drip or sprinkler system. Watering cans are great for spot watering or if your garden is fairly small. Whichever system you choose, you want to be sure to give your garden as much water as needs.
Fertilizers and Pesticides
Gardens need to be fed with fertilizers. Fertilizers promote growth and help plants to grow lush and green. There are store bought inorganic and organic fertilizers to choose from, We recommend a natural product made in Wisconsin ( Folletts Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food concentrate ) for results you thought could only be obtained by professionals.
Pesticides keep weeds, insects and fungi out of your garden. Similar to fertilizers, they can be organic, inorganic, purchased or made at home.
Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions,
The Watch Us Grow Team
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The Watch Us Grow Team
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