First, we grow all of our non-GMO vegetable/herb plants in a soil with MYCOACTIVE technology to stimulate vigorous growth for greater stress resistance, larger root system for increased nutrients, water uptake and bigger, healthier plants. We use only OMRI listed fungicides/bug sprays on our vegetable/herb plants as needed.
To grow the best tomatoes we first suggest visiting us for the best advice. Our main discusion will deal with growing healthy tomatoes. Tomatoes need regular watering during hot or dry spells. If you allow plants to dry and stress WHILE there are blossoms forming you will have a greater chance of blossom end rot affecting the fruit (fruit is black and rotting on the underside when you pick them). Do not allow plants to dry at this stage:
Water plants around the base as pictured above, mulching with compost is great! Fertilize with an organic fertilizer of your choice just to keep the leaves a medium green color.
“Suckering” your plants to keep unnecessary growth from shielding the sun from ripening the fruit is next.
Remove the “suckers” (blue stems in the picture above) with a knife or snapping off with your fingers. The suckers can be found where the leaf and stem come together. The leaves are generally at a 45 degree angle away from the stem. This practice will allow the sun to ripen the fruit better and all the nutrients/water nurish the fruit instead of making excess leaves. We advise snapping out the growing tip when the tomato plants reaches about 72 inches.
We advise using “rebar” for tomato stakes (below) which can be found at any hardware store. 3/8 to 1/2 inch by 72 inches tall works wonderful. Watch for white moths which lay eggs on the underside of leaves. In a few weeks the horn worm devastate your plants by chewing the leaves so inspect your plants regularly.