If you love tomatoes, then growing them home offers a real treat. Nothing beats the taste of that fresh plucked, home-grown, sun-warm tomato. Hi, I’m William Moss and I’m going to give you seven easy tips for for growing perfect tomatoes. First let’s talk about the types of
tomatoes. There are the larger slicing tomatoes, which we use for sandwiches, salads…
There are the paste tomatoes, that are very good in our spaghetti and our pizza, for making those sauces. And then there
are the cherry and snacking tomatoes. They’re a little smaller but easier to grow,
and they also are sweet so kids love them. And they’re all easy to grow
with the seven simple tips. Number one is plant them in full sun. They
want about six to eight hours of light that really gives them the energy to make these
big juicy tomatoes. They like a lot of warmth as well so be
sure not to plant any tomatoes until after the last frost date.
Tip number two: Plant in a good soil. Tomatoes need good drainage to grow their best. Adding compost improves the drainage and also increases the amount of nutrients in the
soil. Tip number 3: Give them some space. Tomatoes need about
two to three feet of space to grow properly. When they have their proper spacing, they can grow big and healthy, and they
have the proper air circulation which helps prevent
disease. Tip number 4: Stake or cage your tomatoes.
The easiest way to harvest the most tomatoes is to provide a good support
system. Add the cage while they’re small and they’ll
grow up through it. Tip number 5: water your tomatoes. Tomatoes are about
90% water so to get those plump juicy fruits, you’re going to need about an inch a week. And when you water, be sure to
water the soil and the roots but not the leaves. That way you prevent any diseases.
Especially those nasty fungal blights. Tip number six: Watch for pests. You want to just check your tomato out, turn over a few leaves. And you’re typically looking for that tomato
hornworm. It can eat several leaves in just a night. It’s easy to take care of though. Just pick ’em off or flick ’em off into a cup of soapy water and you’ll
be fine. Tip number seven: Fertilize your tomatoes. Feed your tomatoes with a slow release fertilizer. You want to sprinkle all around the roots, that way it’ll feed them for a long time. And
there you have it… seven tips to growing perfect tomatoes. And when you
have too many tomatoes this summer, you can pass them right along the neighborhood
you’ll be the most popular person on the block.