- Step 1: Prepare soil Prepare soil in a bed that gets plenty of sun. Tomatoes prefer fertile soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.8 that drains well. The soil should be rich in organic matter.
- TIP: A soil pH test kit can be purchased at any gardening retailer.
- Step 2: Choose healthy plants Choose plants with healthy green leaves if you are purchasing them. If the leaves have yellow speckles, the plant may be diseased.
- TIP: If you grow tomatoes from seed, sow the seed indoors from 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost.
- Step 3: Water regularly Water the base of the plants regularly, but do not let the ground become soggy.
- TIP: Try to keep the leaves dry. Tomatoes can become infected when airborne spores land on wet leaves.
- Step 4: Add fish emulsion or compost tea Add fish emulsion or compost tea to the plants as they are growing. These supplements contain nitrogen, which tomatoes need.
- Step 5: Harvest your tomatoes Harvest your tomatoes when fruit has turned red all over. Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- FACT: Tomatoes belong to the Nightshade family, which includes some poisonous plants.
You Will Need
- Good growing conditions
- Healthy plants
- Absence of frost
- Proper watering
- Fish emulsion
- Compost tea
- Tomato seeds (optional)