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How to Grow Organic Tomatoes

By on April 29, 2011

tomatoes organic garden

 

Let’s hear it for the summer tomato harvest! Get your tomatoes growing organically with our video on tomato transplanting, culture, supports, and fertilizer.

We have organic gardening tips to make your tomatoes the best ever. We’ll help you prevent blossom end rot and keep the dreaded cutworms at bay.

What’s your tomato story for the summer?

tomato roma

WHO

Who do you want in your garden?

Determinate or indeterminate tomatoes? Get a quick review of these terms and how you can use those different types of tomatoes.

 

 

tomato rainbow cherry mix

WHAT

What kind of growing space—container, raised bed, or in the ground? Choose a harmonizing size plant:

* Cherry tomatoes produce small fruit but the plant height can range from dwarf to basketball player.

* For container gardening get something described as midget, patio or dwarf.

* Standard tomato plants will grow a minimum of five-feet tall.

 

tomato yellow brandywine

WHERE

Full sun of course (at least six hours a day). Space tomato plants three to five feet apart.

Somewhere near an easy source of water for the deep and regular irrigation tomatoes love.

Dig into good soil, with liquid kelp or powdered kelp added for slow release of micronutrients. No high nitrogen fertilizer! That leads to lots of leaves that actually signal the bad bugs to “come and get it”. Add Azomite for calcium and more micronutrients—and to help prevent blossom end rot.


tomato silvery fir tree

WHEN

Plant your tomatoes when all danger of frost has gone. Can’t wait until the last frost date? You can start earlier with our season-extending tools:

* Agribon floating row covers admit light and water

* Mini-greenhouses called Wall-o-Water surround your plants

These tools can make the “local” climate for your plants many degrees warmer.

 

tomato great white

HOW

How to keep your plants healthy and strong? Train them up on Hortonova trellises, bamboo teepees, or tomato cages. Make that really fun when you use our Zenport Taper to attach the plants to the supports. Keeping the fruit off the ground is a huge step toward keeping the bad bugs away. The increased air circulation also aids the plants.

Protect the base of the plant from weeds with red plastic mulching film, or try the handy Tomato Crater that snaps around the plant to keep down weeds and protect from cutworms.

  Comments (6)

B

“We love the Wall-o-Water - we get 4 to 6 weeks earlier production from our tomatoes! How does the Tomato Crater protect from hornworms? My husband just went to get some gas for the roto-tiller. He asked the lady if she would exercise her ““right to refuse service”” for him so he would be able to put off rototilling for a little while - no gas. She said Nope - sorry my boss wouldn’t be very happy about that! He said Well my boss is going to be very happy that you sold me the gas!!”

Posted by BillCindy on May. 01, 2011 at 10:27:24 AM

C

Glad to hear the Wall-o-Water is working so well for you! Great story too about trying to get out of garden chores grin My typo was saying hornworms instead of cutworms. Corrected that—the Tomato Crater creates a physical barrier for the cutworm. Adult hornworms: pick and discard; if they have white eggs on them leave them be those eggs are from the beneficial insect a parasitic wasp.

Posted by Charlotte on May. 05, 2011 at 11:33:33 AM

A

Hi; Is there any foliar spray I can put on my tomato plants to make them grow better?

Posted by art m on Mar. 02, 2013 at 6:01:18 AM

Art, Three general all purpose fertilizers that can be used as a foliar spray are Phytamin 4-3-4 (F1891), Biolink 3-3-3 (F1857) or Big Bloom (F1900).
Two other products that will probably be helpful are Maxicrop kelp (F1350) and Calcium 25 (F250).

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Mar. 04, 2013 at 2:02:25 PM

D

Art m. ,  Don’t forget the all important “Tea’s” that everyone is raving about!  They are cheap as all get out, you can simply put worm dirt, or any good mulch type materials in a cloth sack, place in a bucket of water and aerate for a day or so. Then spray it all over for a great foliar feed as well as being great for keeping bugs at bay, and all around great boost for lush plants!

Posted by Dan Mominee on May. 09, 2013 at 4:58:23 PM

Thanks Dan! We also have an article http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/articles/compost-tea-definitions and a short video http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/compost-tea about making aerated compost tea for foliar feeding.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on May. 10, 2013 at 9:45:54 AM

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