Secrets To Growing Plump Tomatoes

These tried-and-true tips will help make your harvest juicy and delicious.

June 29, 2016
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This easy 10-step process will transform you from a beginner to a master organic gardener all while producing a juicy, ripe crop that will be perfect for summer salads and fresh sauces. Follow these steps for your best harvest yet. 

Related: 7 Secrets For A High Yield Vegetable Garden

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1. Choose A Bright, Airy Spot

Plant tomatoes—leaving room between plants for air to circulate—where they will get at least 10 hours of light per day during the summer season.

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2. Rotate The Crop

The key to keeping a rich vegetable patch is to alternate your tomato bed between a few spots in the garden to diminish the risk of soil-borne diseases such as bacterial spot and early blight.

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3. Pass Up Overgrown Transplants

When deciding which tomato varieties grow best, beware of tomato seedlings with lush green starts but poor root systems. They will languish for weeks before growing.

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4. Bury The Stems

Plant your tomato seedlings up to the first true leaves. New roots will quickly sprout on the stems and more roots mean more fruits.

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5. Water Deeply By Infrequently

Soak your tomato bed once a week, or every five days at the height of summer. Water directly on the soil, not on the leaves.

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6. Pinch The Runts

Prune off the non-fruiting branches and it will direct the tomato plant's energy into growing bigger, better fruit.

Related: The Simple Secret To Making Your Tomato Plants Grow Healthy And Strong

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7. Stake Them High

When growing tomatoes, use 6-foot stakes for indeterminate varieties like Brandywine. Put in the stakes when transplanting to avoid damaging roots.

Related: The Most Reliable Tomato Cages And Trellises

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8. Add Compost And Trim

While the first fruit is ripening, encourage new growth and continued fruit by scratching compost around the stem and trimming some of the upper leaves.

 
 
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9. Plant Again

Three weeks after you plant tomatoes in your garden, put in another set so all of your harvest doesn't come at once.

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10. Pick Ripe

Harvest and enjoy your growing tomatoes once they've reached full size and are fully colored.