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Where to plant tomato plants?
Tomato plants need full sunlight to grow. Plus, the tomato roots are fibrous and will
need lots of water. It is important that the roots don't dry out. However, neither should  
the tomato plants  be water logged. Tomato plants need protection from strong winds
as well. Tomato plants will grow in various types of soil. However they grow best in
well-drained fertile soils which have a pH of around 6.5.
2 Ways To Plant Tomatoes:

Tomato Planting Method - 1 -

First, depending on the size of the plants that you purchase you  will need a
hole that is  four times as wide as the roots and an inch or two deeper than
the root ball to the surface dirt in the pot. In other words, bury  the tomato
plants deeper than the pot they come in. Bury the tomato plants all the way
up to a few top leaves. An hour prior to transfer water the plants thoroughly.
Always plant them as deep as you can without any leaves touching the
ground. By burying the plants deeper the stem will have more contact with
the soil and produce more roots.

Tomato Planting Method - 2 -

Second way to plant tomato plants is fast and easy just like Method - 1 -.
Bury the tomato plants deeper than the pot they came in all the way up to a
few top leaves. Tomato plants are able to develop roots all along their stems
and by planting deep this will promote the roots plentiful and strong.

You can either dig a deeper hole or simply dig a shallow tunnel and lay the
plant deways.
The stems will straighten up and grow toward the sun. Be careful not to drive
your pole or cage into the stems.
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Tomato gardening is fun and  rewarding with plenty of great harvests all season. Tomato gardening is very
popular because tomato plant are easy to grow  and tolerate a wide range  of soils. Plus, they are very
versatile and there are many varieties to choose from. Check out the growing list below.
Regardless of which type you choose to grow, here are some tomato growing tips that will help.
Gardening Tomatoes
Mulch is a tomato's gardeners most valuable tool. Mulch has a dual function: first
mulch  conserves water and prevents  soil born diseases from splashing up on the
plants. However if the mulch is put down too early it will also shade and cool the
soil.

Second, mulching in the soil and around the plants  will prevent the growth of
weeds and loss of water.

There are many types of good mulches. For example
 compost, straw, leaves,
hay,  grass clippings, red or newspaper or even black plastic sheeting. Plastic
mulches, while not biodegradable, will help to raise soil temperatures. If you use
organic mulches  don’t apply them until after the soil has thoroughly warmed up.
Apply a 2 - 3 inch layer of mulch when ready.
Mulch:
Once the tomato plants are about 3' tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1'
of stem. Use snips or pruning shears to prevent damage to the stalk. Removing
these leaves will  prevent  the leaves from touching the soil and contracting
soil born diseases which are the first leaves to develop fungus problems. The
lower leaves get the least amount of sun and soil born pathogens can be
unintentionally splashed up onto them when watering. Spraying weekly with
compost tea also seems to be effective at warding off fungus diseases.
Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches. They
won’t bear fruit and will take energy away from the rest of the plant. Also Pinching
out some of the sucker and side shoot growth to help keep the plant size
manageable and open the tomato plant up to air circulation which will promote
healthier plants and fruit production. On mature plants that are over 3 feet high
they should be pinched off.
.But go easy on pruning the rest of the plant.  Thinning
the leaves to allow the sun to reach the ripening fruit is great but remember that
its the leaves that are photosynthesizing and creating the sugars that give flavor
to the tomatoes plants.

Some tomato growers do not prune suckers. It is not required but doing so will
allow more energy to the main portion of the plant, more sugars to the tomatoes,
and better shape.
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Watering:
Water deeply and regularly while the plants are developing. Irregular watering, Once
the fruit begins to ripen, lessening the water will coax the tomato plants into
concentrating its sugars.
Don’t withhold water so much that the plants wilt and become stressed or they will
drop their blossoms and possibly their fruit.
What Causes Blossom End Rot?
Blossom End Rot is thought to be caused by insufficient calcium. What is actually
happening is that  the calcium is being use up by the foliage of the plant and  does not
make its way to the fruits. Other factors  that may contribute to blossom end rot  include
too much nitrogen fertilizer, too much salt in the soil, root damage and a soil pH that is too
high or too far below the optimum 6.5.

However, don't rush out to by a calcium supplement for your soil. This calcium deficiency
is probably caused by irregular watering and a fluctuation in water levels. Water carries
calcium throughout the tomato plant.  So first try  correcting the problem with a better
watering schedule.
When Blossom End Rot occurs there is  no saving the rotting fruits. Remove the affected
fruits and just throw them into your worm bin.  Then arrange your watering schedule so
the plants are getting at least and inch of water per week, correct any
other problems, mulch under the plants and you should see improvement.
Blossom End Rot:
Epsom Salt:
Epsom salts have been used for generations to promote growth, stronger stalks, prevent
yellowing of the leaves and to extend the growing season. Epsom salts can be applied to the
soil at planting or watered in during the growing season.

1. When adding Epsom salts to the soil, scratch in one tablespoon in the hole prior to planting.

2. Or  water in 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts to a gallon of water and apply to young plants.

3. After the initial application of Epsom Salts at planting continue to water in Epsom salt using
one teaspoon per gallon of water every two to three weeks. Doing so will ad magnesium and
sulfate which will produce strong, healthy plants.

You can save a ton by using Epsom Salt vs Magnesium Sulfate . . . . check the prices next
time your are at the store!
Water the well-drained soil well to encourage the  tomato roots to grow deeply.
Training:
Early in the growing season train  your tomato plants  to climb. Use yarn or string.
tall support in the form of cages, trellises, stakes, or use yarn or string or your own
improvised support system that will enable the plants to stretch towards the sky.

The tomato plant will get heavy with lots of fruit and foliage it is important that no
matter  which support system you choose  for your tomato plants the system
must be strong enough to go threw a Spring rain storm. It can be very
discouraging to go out to your garden and find your tomato plants lying all over
the ground.
Training and Staking
Your Tomato Plants:
Watering Tomato Plants –
consistent moisture to help reduce tomato blossom end rot but try to avoid
saturating the tomato foliage at night and limit the amount of handling or harvesting
of the plants when they are wet.

All tomatoes need plenty of water, soil rich in organic material and need to be
staked up off the ground for the best fruit production.
During hot temperature tomatoes will sometimes split and crack open rendering
the tomato still edible but looking undesirable. This is a sure sign that the tomato
plants are not getting enough water. Refer back to the tips above on properly
watering tomato plants.
Cracking:
Before planting outdoors try to increase the root system by giving a little more
water. Larger roots will help  anchor  the plants into the ground preventing them
from bending over and being damaged by storms and high winds. Tomatoes do not
thrive in cool conditions. Wait until the threat of  any frost has past before setting
your plants in the garden. The best time for planting tomatoes is when the weather
has warmed up a little. The temperature of the soil should  be more than more than
60 degrees Fahrenheit and the air temperature should not dip below 45 degrees
during the night.
Transplant tomatoes to the out doors on a cloudy, wind free day or wait until the
late afternoon.
When To Plant:
Good companion plants are chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums,
carrots and garlic. Planting marigolds near tomatoes create a lovely contrast of
colors and height in your garden. Besides adding beauty, marigolds have
another benefit. They prevent nematodes and snails and slugs from taking over,
Want to improve the taste of your tomatoes? Use garlic. Planting garlic bulbs near
your tomato plants will not only improve the taste of your tomatoes but will also
reduce fungi and overall quality and  of your tomato plants.

If you have no desire to plant garlic in your flower bed you can still get the same
effect by mixing a few crushed garlic cloves to a gallon of water and mix into the
soil.
Garlic Plants:

Garlic improve the
taste of tomato
plants.
Tomato Plant diseases are often  problems that are caused as result of poor
conditions such as inadequate nutrients, water, sun, or space; pathogens such as
fungi, bacteria, or viruses; and the weather. However most  disease problems can
easily be overcome
. with proper care and maintenance. Also if your particular area
is prone to certain types of pests or disease, you should choose varieties that are
listed as resistant.
Harvest:
Harvest:
Harvest the tomatoes when
 temperatures are above 85 degrees, pick the
tomato when they become pink and before they are completely ripe. Then
bringing the tomato  indoors to complete the ripening process.
Tomatoes get their rich red color due to temperature, not the sunlight.
Flowers:
What is an Heirloom?   2 - Kinds  Natural and Deliberately Crossed

First there is the "Natural Cross- Pollination Heirloom. Basically the Heirloom a
rises accidentally from a natural cross-pollination or mutation in the garden.
For example, a Daisy Duke tomato plant could cross pollinate with a Tennessee
Mountain Man. Then the fruit would be Daisy Mountain. This is the way most
heirloom varieties originated.

Second: A tomato plant that's been crossed deliberately to have certain
characteristics using two heirlooms or an heirloom and a hybrid.
An important note: a hybrid will become dehybridized through saving and
replanting the seeds for 5 seasons, or until it grows consistently true to what the
grower had in mind.  
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Old Fashion Flavor:
Blossom  Drop:
Remember that pollen becomes sterile at daytime temperatures over about 98º and nighttime
temperatures above 72º, so don't expect fruit to set during those times. The plant knows that
the pollen is not viable and drops the blossoms. However when the weather settles down the
blossoms will stay on the plants and produce fruit.  We do have a few varieties that produce at
higher temperatures.
Blossom Drop:
Removing Suckers:
Purpose
Materials
Watering Is More Or Less Just Common Sence -  No over watering.
Although it's wonderful to see those first flowers on the young tomato plants, it
will be best to pick them off. By doing this, the young plant is allowed time to
develop its roots and leaves more fully before devoting its energy to growing the
fruit. A good tip is to wait until the plant is about one foot tall before leaving the
flowers on.
Types of Fertilizer:
When To Use Fertilizer:
2.  Ideally, the tomato plant, should be about 6-8 inches in height, dark green in color,
with  compact stems  and a healthy root system.

3. When planting throw in  handful of organic matter  in the bottom of the hole.

4.  A side dress (which means additional fertilizer on the sides of the plants) should be
applied the first time when the fruits are grown one-third of their full size. Mix in the
fertilizer into the soil.

5.  A second side dressing should be applied after harvesting the first ripened fruits.

6.  And again once a month there after.

*****  Each time the plants are fertilized they should be watered thoroughly  *****
Fertilizing Tomato Plants –
Go easy on the nitrogen-rich fertilizer sources. Instead provide extra
phosphorous and potassium fertilizer that will encourage the production and
ripening fruit rather than the development of overly lush vines with few
tomatoes.

A good fertilizer for growing tomatoes is dried composted manure mixed with
bone meal or you can use a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Sprinkle this
around the plants about 6 inches from the stem and cover with a thin layer of
soil and mulch. Water in. Fertilize about once a month.
1. Prepare the soil for planting tomatoes with fertilizer  add peat moss, leaf mold,
rotted manure, or any other organic fertilizing agents. Chicken is ok as long as it has
composted at 135 degrees for at least 6 weeks
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2 -  Ways Apply Epson Salt
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