Growing Made Easy Spring18 Spring 2018 - Page 28

TERRIFIC Tomatoes and then stop. These types of tomatoes set all their fruit at once, require little pruning and will require simple staking or a cage. Indeterminate: These are tall tomatoes and require sturdy staking or a trellis. They keep on growing and will require regular pruning for higher yields and larger fruit. Planting By far the most popular plant in the vegetable garden, tomatoes reward the home gardener with flavourful fruit that is much superior to those found in the supermarket. Here are some tips to ensure your tomatoes harvest is terrific. Choosing Tomatoes Do you want handfuls of cherry tomatoes for snacking, medium types for salads or fresh eating or bushels of meaty Roma types for canning and preserving? There are a bounty of varieties within each of those categories and the staff at Greenland will be happy to share their favourites. Knowing your ‘type’ of tomato will also help you choose. Tomatoes are classified as: Determinate: These are compact yet fairly bushy, grow to a certain point Tomatoes require a warm, sunny spot as well as a rich, well-drained soil (add in Sea Soil or Hop compost) and sprinkle a slow release, granulated fertilizer such as Off the Vine into the planting hole. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and this granular plant food ensures a slow steady stream of nutrients. When planting, bury tomato plants slightly deeper than they come in the pot, about 2-4”. Tomatoes are able to develop roots all along their stems, so planting deeper encourages strong root growth. Water plants in well at time of planting, and stake or cage any that require it. Water Regularly Water deep and regularly while the plants are developing. Irregular watering, (allowing root zone to dry out completely, then soaking plants) leads to blossom end rot and fruit cracking. If we are not receiving moisture via rainfall, plants in beds will often require water twice per week while container plants can require moisture daily.