Gardening is in full swing and there is nothing more rewarding than sitting down to a dinner with everything on the table having been produced in your own garden. The fresh taste, the peace of mind knowing where it came from, and the mental reward of having "done it myself" is very fulfilling. Also, you are better off physically because of the exercise you get as you prepare, plant, and maintain your garden. Gardening is truly "heart healthy".
Here are some tips to help you grow tomatoes:
1) Don't try to plant or transplant to early. Tomatoes hate cold weather (soil temps below 55)
2) Mulch around the base to help conserve moisture and to control weeds.
3) Stake or cage the plants at a young age to keep the fruit off the grown. This allows the fruit to ripen uniformly and prevents rotting.
4) Pinch the new branch growth on the lower part of the plant located between the main stem and the lateral branch. This keep the interior of the plant less dense of growth allowing sunlight in to ripen the fruit.
5) Spray the plants as soon as you see blooms and once a week afterwards with a calcium solution to prevent "blossom end rot".
6) Tomatoes require about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week.
7) Rotate where you plant tomatoes in your garden from year to year. This will help prevent harmful nematodes from getting established in your garden.
8) In the fall, remove or till old vines and residue preventing over wintering insects and other pest.
Texas Country Farm Supply, located in Pittsburg and Mt. Pleasant, can supply all your gardening needs 'cause "we're more than just a feed store".
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Texas Country Farm Supply has two convenient locations:
409 S Greer Blvd in Pittsburg, TX
1919 HWY 67 W in Mount Pleasant, TX