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Gardening: 5 Tips on How to Grow Amazing Tomatoes


What are you favorite tomatoes to enjoy during the summer? 

 Do you like cherry tomatoes or maybe grape tomatoes in a salad?  Or how about a slice of a delicious beefsteak tomatoes on a grilled hamburger?  One of my favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes is by making stuffed tomatoes using Italian plum tomatoes.  

So whether you're growing your tomatoes in pots or in the ground, from seed or from plants purchased at the local garden center, this week's tip is all about how to grow amazing tomatoes



Once you have your tomato plants in the ground, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your plants produce beautiful fruit for you to enjoy this summer.  And if you "can" tomatoes, you'll be able to enjoy fresh tomatoes from your garden all year round.  


Here are 5 Tips to Growing Amazing Tomatoes

  • Fertilize

It's okay to give your tomato plants some extra nutrients, but go easy on the fertilizer.  Too much will grow your plants into big green bushes with little fruit.  Not enough fertilizer will produce smaller fruit.  But what should you use to fertilize your plants?  

  • Epsom Salts

Tomato plants love epsom salts.  And even if the plants don't have a need for them, adding epsom salts to your plants won't hurt them.  Add one or two tablespoons per planting hole to control blossom end rot.  Some gardeners will only use epsom salts in magnesium-deficient soils.

  • Eggshells

You can break up eggshells and toss them in the hole before you plant the tomato plants.  You can also soak eggshells in water for several days and use THAT water to water your plants.  This method works really well with tomatoes growing in pots or containers.  Eggshells are rich in calcium which helps control blossom end rot.  You can also bury a piece of chalk around the tomato plants to supply calcium.  Crushed eggshells work well to keep slugs away.

  • Remove the Lower Leaves

Pinch off the lower leaves to create a bare expanse of stem.  You can also bury the lower stem, leaves and all.  Either method works.  I know my husband loves to give our tomato plants a good "pruning" and expose the lower stem.  It does work!  We usually always have a great harvest every summer.

  • Remove the Suckers

Some gardeners believe in remove the suckers and other gardeners don't.  So it really depends on what YOU like to do.  For our garden, we try very hard to remove the suckers because that's what we believe works for our tomatoes.  But we have friends who don't remove the suckers and they have amazing harvests every year.  You should always remove the suckers if you are growing your tomatoes in pots and containers.

  • Stake the Tomatoes

We like to stake our tomato plants almost as soon as we get them in the ground.  That way we don't risk damaging the roots by trying to stake the plants as they are growing.  There are a number of ways you can stake your plants.  We have never had any success with using the metal cages most garden centers sell.  My husband has been making these box type cages for years now and they work really well.


5 Tips on How to Grow Amazing Tomatoes is this week's Thursday's Tip from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


  • Water

Tomato plants hate being sprayed from above, so put away the sprinkler.  Water the ROOT of each plant with the hose or a soaker hose.  They need deep root watering, not shallow watering.

So there you have it, 5 tips on how to grow amazing tomatoes this summer.  Do you have any tips that work for you?  I'd love to hear them!  Share with me in the comments or join me on Facebook page.  


5 Tips on How to Grow Amazing Tomatoes is this week's Thursday's Tip from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

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8 comments

  1. Thank you for the tips! We are anxiously awaiting for our green tomatoes to turn red! Seems like the weather this year just isn't working in anyone's favor around me. I like the idea of using the water that the egg shells have been sitting in! Thank you!

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  2. Awesome tips, thank you! My son is so excited when our tomatoes are ready to pick! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  3. Great tips! My tomatoes are having an attitude this year. :( I'll have to try your tips next season! :) Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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  4. Great tips and great post! I stopped trying to grow tomatoes because I had birds/squirrels ruining the tomatoes by poking holes in them. Then one year I had those giant green caterpillars. Maybe I'll try again. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Sharing on FB Have a great week!
    Kim

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  5. I hate to sound ignorant but, what are suckers?

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  6. Thanks for the tips and tricks!! I am growing tomatoes for the first...ever. Wish me luck!!!

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  7. Every year my dad gives me a few left over tomato plants that he's grown from seed, usually very leggy and long over due for potting on. I then race to bring them back to life and give them a chance to fruit before the end of autumn! I'm going to try some of your tips. the eggshell one is new to me. I also think I may be over feeding them in an effort to bring them on, I often get a lot of leaf growth. Thanks for the tips.

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  8. Thanks for the advice - we've had tomato plants for several years but really don't know the best way to take care of them, so this post was very helpful. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - hope to catch up with you again this week at the link-up. Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

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