Growing tomatoes

Growing tomatoes:

The tomato is an annual plant native to South America. Cultivation is easy and produces fruit within 40-50 days from the time of planting, and the tomatoes are then harvested over a couple of months.

The tomatoes are planted out in the garden when the plants grown in the nursery have reached 25-30 cm in height and when the weather has warmed up in late spring.

To ensure proper development of the plants, tomatoes are grown in rows, spacing the plants with at least 35-45 cm between them.

The soil should be worked in advance, mixing in universal soil and a good dose of manure, or slow release granular fertilizer, to ensure a good standard of minerals throughout the development phase of the plant and fruiting.

Choose a sunny position, where the plants can enjoy at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day.

To ensure good fruiting, and the development of large, fragrant fruits, it is necessary to periodically remove the side shoots that the plant is constantly developing, which you remove with your fingers as they arise in the forks of the branches.

This is necessary to avoid the plant using all the nutrition as days go by to develop these new shoots at the expense of the fruit.

It is also fundamental to water; tomato plants easily withstand short periods of drought, but to develop the fruit it is necessary to water the soil regularly whenever it is dry. So you should water the tomatoes even every 2-3 days, wetting the ground in depth and avoiding wetting the foliage, to avoid the possibility of developing fungal parasites.

Growing Tomatoes: A Directory Of Varieties And How To Cultivate Them Successfully by Richard Bird (2015-10-07)

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