When I think of summer I think of fresh juicy tomatoes. There is absolutely nothing better than being able to sink your teeth into a ripe tomato fresh from your garden. Oh goodness I cannot wait for summer!
If you have never gardened before and you live in an area that gets a good amount of sunshine in the summer you need to start with tomatoes. They can be so easy to grow that I have had them pop up all on their own and flourish. Cherry tomatoes are a great tomato starting point; you can’t go wrong with them. They grow like weeds.
If you decide to grow yourself some tomatoes here are some tips for beginners.
- Tomatoes can be planted as soon as there are no more signs of frost. You can start them by seed indoors 6 weeks before your last frost or do as I do and buy them already started at your local nursery
- Keep your plants and their fruit off the soil. This can cause the plant to rot. I usually pinch off the bottom branches that start to sprout so that they do not hang on the soil.
- Because of rot you want to make sure to water them at their roots instead of spraying the whole plant.
- Tomatoes love the sun so make sure they are planted somewhere very sunny. Everything I have ever read recommends 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day.
- ALWAYS cage of stake you tomato plants. Let me tell you from my own experience tomato plants need to be caged or staked because of #2 and because they can be WILD. They will just grow and grow. It is easier to keep up with picking your fruit if they are neatly caged or staked.
- Keep your soil moist, if your fruit is cracking it is due to lack of regular watering. You must water regularly to avoid this issue.
- Pick your tomatoes as soon as they nice and firm and fully colored. This will encourage new growth.
I have to say my kids don’t eat tomatoes unless they are fresh out of the garden. There is something about growing your own food that even kids enjoy
There are so many varieties of tomatoes it is mind-blowing. I am a simple girl I grow tomatoes that are nice and large to slice them up, I grow Roma tomatoes that I use for canning and to make salsa and of course I always have one cherry tomato plant for snacking while I work in the garden.
What type of tomatoes do you grow?