I don’t know about you, but I love a good tomato. In fact, most people that I know seem to enjoy tomatoes, whether eating them sliced with a dash of salt, or stewed and put into soup, or made into sauce for pasta or pizza. When it comes down to it, in the American diet, tomatoes are almost a necessity to have in the kitchen.
Fortunately, growing tomatoes in your own garden doesn’t have to be a huge chore, and there are simply things that you can do to increase the yield of your tomato plants in your garden. To help with this, Kristen Duever gives some suggestions (with our comments) about how you can make the most of your tomato-growing efforts.
First, consider using indeterminate varieties of tomato plants unless you have space restrictions for growing. These plants will continue to grow and give you a larger overall yield. At my house, that’s a winning situation!
Second, plant horizontally. What does that mean? Well, some people use vertical planters or have their tomato plants to grow up on a pole or a lattice, but this isn’t the way to maximize tomato yields. Duever writes,
To do this, dig a shallow trench and lay the seedling on its side, covering up all but the top leaves. (Remember to strip off any leaves on the parts of the stem that you are burying.)
Following this advice will help your tomato plant develop a bigger root ball – and that means more tomatoes for you!
Third, use fertilizer or compost to give more nutrients to your plants. This may sound obvious, but, sometimes, the obvious things are exactly what people don’t do.
Fourth, harvest regularly. Plants tend to replace fruit that is harvested as quickly as possible, so, if you want to make the most of that harvest season, check your plants regularly and harvest often.
Fifth, if you live in cold areas, keep your plants warm. Tomato plants are one plant that doesn’t appreciate cold weather.
And, sixth, rotate your garden so that tomato plants are not planted in the same area until you have waited three years.
Do you have more tips for maximizing your tomato crop (or suggestions on making good use of those tomatoes)? Share them below.