Apr ’16
11:00 am

tomato growing

Learn how to grow a beautiful and bountiful tomato crop this season by attending one of our FREE Tomato Growing Workshops!

Sign up today for our April 23rd workshop at our Haltom City store begins at 11am.

Get great tips about garden and container prep and harvesting your fruit as well as tips for feeding, disease and pest prevention plus more. Our workshops are Kid Friendly, and all ages are welcome!

How do you grow a crop to be proud of? Here are some secrets from Tarrant County Master Gardeners:Tomato Growing

  • Select a tomato variety with the longest alphabet after its name to ensure the best protection against disease. Some letters you might see include VF (Fusarium wilt and Verticillium wilt fungi), VFN (Fusarium wilt and Verticillium wilt fungi plus root-knot nematode resistance) and T for tobacco mosaic virus resistance.
  • Plant early. Some plant as early as March 1, many more after March 15 after any late freezes (which is likely in our area). Cover carefully with an old blanket in case of sudden cold. Adams suggests.
  • Handle seedlings by the leaf so the stem won’t be damaged. Stem damage may stunt the plant, or it may die. Water immediately after planting.
  • Space tomato plants 3 to 4 feet apart. Plant as far away from existing trees and shrubs as possible.
  • Support is key. While tomato cages work for shorter plants, they can’t contain a sprawling vine with lots of heavy fruits. You’ll do better with a homemade, reusable cage such as concrete mesh or a T-post.
  • Compost, compost, compost.  Add additional compost regularly to provide beneficial organisms not only for insect and disease control but to add an abundance of nutrients, too.
  • Prune the lower leaves of tomato plants when plants are about knee-high, to increase air circulation and reduce the possibility of disease.
  • Feed weekly. Organic gardeners can use cottonseed meal or a similar product. Conventional gardeners can stick tree fertilizer spikes near the plant. Other all-purpose organic or conventional fertilizers also are good such as Hi-Yield’s Tomato & Vegetable Food.
  • Weed control during the first 40 days is critical: A layer of 5 to 6 newspaper pages (wet first to keep them from blowing away) underneath the plants also helps to control weeds. Cover with mulch; alfalfa hay is a good choice.

Source: Dallas Morning News, March 10, 2014, 16 Tried-and-True Tips for Growing Tomatoes

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