Freshly harvested tomatoes right from the garden are the absolute best for tossing on salads, eating as they are, creating homemade sauces, baking in the oven with a layer of fresh mozzarella cheese and creating casserole dishes. Some people even love to sun dry fresh tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness, which creates a healthy snack too munch on.
Tips for Growing the Best Tomatoes
1. Space Tomato Plants Wisely
Whether you are planting tomatoes in the garden from seeds or pre-grown plants its essential you space them out wisely. Tomato plants grow into small bushes that can get up to 5-feet tall with lots of vines and about 3 to 4-feet wide. Some people prefer growing individual tomato plants in large pots with individual trellises so they can weave the vines of the plant through it so the tomatoes can hang freely off the trellises without falling over during the growing and harvesting phase.
2. Provide Direct Sunlight
Always plant your tomato seeds or plants in direct sunlight with good fertilized soil. Sunlight is essential to helping the tomatoes grow large, full of flavor, plump and juicy and with a good ripen color.
3. Allow Breezes to Move through Tomato Plants
An odd, but helpful way of growing strong and sturdy tomato plants that do not tip over in windstorms is to all the plants as they are growing to flow through the summer breezes freely. If there are not many summer breezes, where you are place a fan near your tomato plants a few times per day and allow the breeze coming from it to do the winds job.
4. Water Properly
Over watering tomatoes can cause them to decay right off the vines before even ripening and too little water can cause them to dry up and fall off the vine before ripening. It is essential to make sure the soil of the tomato plants stays damp and warm, but not soaking wet to the point it causes the roots to develop disease and weaken. If the soil is dry, add small amounts of warm water to help hydrate the tomato plants again.
5. Provide Organic Plant Food
Adding organic plant food to the tomato plants monthly is also essential for growing juicy plump ripened tomatoes. Never use chemical fertilizers to help with vegetable plant growth because you will just be poisoning your food supply.