WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING TO GET MY LAWN READY FOR SPRING?
May 1, 2014
TOMATO GROWING TIPS
May 19, 2014
Everyone and I mean everyone, has tried growing a tomato plant some time in their gardening lives. I don't know what it is about the humble tomato that keeps us coming back to it. Perhaps it is our obsession with Italian cuisine? Or maybe the fact that most of us love tomato sauce - never mind the fact that real tomatoes don't taste anywhere near what ketchup tastes like. I must admit that I am one of these diehard gardeners who've tried time and again to grow tomatoes. Battling fruitfly, the tomato worm, blossom end rot just to name a few - but I was non-plussed, year after year I would convince myself that this year would be different - that I would get my elusive crop of lovely plump tomatoes this time...and so I did, after numerous attempts - these are the pearls of wisdom I have gleaned from my failures. Hopefully you too can pick up some tips and make tomato growing a success.
Tomato growing tip #1
Get the soil conditions right. Tomatoes adore well-drained, humus rich soil. Make sure you dig in lots of well rotted compost or manure and add complete fertilizer. Do all this before planting out. Make sure the complete fertilizer you add has phophorous as the key ingredient for healthy roots and abundant fruiting - an overzealous supply of nitrogen will leave you with lush green foliaged plants with very little fruit!