Tomatoes are an essential part of a healthy diet, and are packed with important vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E , Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin A, and Potassium. Tomatoes are a great addition to any organic garden, and are easy to grow.
How to Grow Grape Tomatoes
Grape tomatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in your home garden, and a single grape tomato plant can produce over a hundred tomatoes in a single season. Grape tomatoes are similar to cherry tomatoes, except grape tomatoes are more oval shaped and taste sweeter. The different cultivars of grape tomatoes including Sante, Chiquita, and Rosalita, so check with your local garden expert to see which variety will grow best in your region.
Grape and cherry tomatoes
Although you can grow grape tomatoes in a container, I prefer growing them outside in my backyard where they will get the most direct sunlight and have room to grow. First, I mix the soil I already have with an organic top soil from MiracleGro, and then let the soil soak in the nutrients for a week before I plant. This greatly improves soil quality, and its important for the soil to be good in order to have a successful tomato harvest.
When planting, dig a hole about a hand deep and a hand wide for seedling, and leave about 1 1/2 feet of space between each tomato plant. I suggest investing in a solid tomato cage that will support the growing branch and prevent tomatoes from falling to the ground.
Watering and Tending to Grape Tomato Plant
After planting, the next phase is watering and tending to your grape tomato plant. I usually water the soil deeply to make sure the roots of the plant is well nourished. If no rain has fallen, I usually water the tomato garden every 7 days, but during heat waves I water more frequently. Check on your tomato garden regularly, and inspect your plant for common diseases such as blight, mold, or fungi. Pluck out leaves that look infected before it gets worst.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun! It takes about 3 months to see actual tomatoes developing so enjoy the process of growing your own vegetables and be patient. Don't get discouraged, it will be well worth it when you finally eat your harvest!
Tips on Growing Big Summer Tomatoes
Tomatoes love light, so choose a spot that gets sun all day long.
Allow space between your tomato plants to reduce the chance of soil diseases and make room for future branches
Spread coffee grounds around your tomato plants- the high levels of nitrogen will promote growth throughout the summer season
Tomatoes gather all the water they require from their roots-- soak tomato beds with water thoroughly about once a week to provide the moisture the plants need.
Do not overfeed your tomato plants.
When Should I Pick My Tomatoes?
Many of you have asked: when is the best time to pick tomatoes from the garden? I think the best time to pick your tomatoes depends on your own personal taste. Some people wait until the tomato is fully grown but still green, in order to use them for recipes. While searching the internet, I came across a few dozen recipes that all feature green tomatoes, including fried green tomatoes, green tomato pizza, and green tomato relish. When picking green tomatoes, you want to make sure that the tomato is firm and juicy. Holding the bottom part of the tomato and squeezing a little can help test for firmness.
It takes approximately 3-5 weeks for your green tomato to turn red. The red color sets in gradually, and it can take a couple of days before the tomato is completely red. I prefer to wait until the tomato is completely red before I pick them.