Starting Points To Understand
Here’s a glossary of tomato gardening terms that should clarify what catalog short terms mean. Plus a section on tomato allergies and botanic definitions (is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable and why)
Here’s a simple system to taste test tomatoes in your own garden. And that’s what we want, isn’t it? The best tasting tomato that we like – that performs well in our own gardens
The quick and dirty guide to growing your own tomatoes. If you read no other article – read this one.
Starting Your Own Tomato Seeds
An introduction to starting tomato seeds in particular but the factors in this article are common to almost all seeds and it’s a good place to start understanding the seeds in your garden
How to succeed with tomato seed sowing (rules of thumb for handling seed)
Three Water Temperatures For Best Tomato Seedlings GrowthUse these simple guidelines to water your seedlings properly
Best lighting practices for best tomato seedling growth. What amount of light and how long to apply it for – along with simple thumb rules (and references to more complicated formula) for deciding how much light to put onto your seedlings.
Ventilation and temperature improvement for tomato seedlings. I use this simple system to keep my tomato seedlings (all seedlings actually) and this video shows you what I do in my own seed starting area
Six problems and the solutions for tomato seed starting. Once you know what’s causing the issue, you know how to fix it and get better seedlings.
The three different strengths of fertilizer to obtain superior tomato seedling growth I find if I modify the strength of the starter food – growth stage by growth stage – I’ll get a stronger tomato seedling. Here’s my recipe.
DIF temperature control This is a pro-level tip for producing the shortest tomato plants and the most productive plants in your neighborhood. I used this technique in the nursery to produce tomatoes that would outproduce any grown by my competitors (I also produced seedlings for local market gardeners and using this technique my plants would produce larger harvests than the competitor’s plants. )
How to transplant tomatoes into pots – if you’ve messed up the growing and have too-tall seedlings, this is the trick to solve that problem right now. It’s not a problem so simply use this technique.
Hardening off tomatoes – before you can plant them – it’s a really good idea to acclimatize them to the outside conditions. Here’s the schedule.
Planting tomatoes outdoors. Here are a few things you’ve probably not considered – from “maybe” a bit of shade to planting for cages or stakes – here’s what you need to know.
Tomato Gardening Tips
Growing temperatures for tomatoes and how to influence early and later crops.
How to have the earliest tomatoes in your neighborhood.
The Internet has jumped all over removing tomato leaves to increase harvests. This is the *only* time and growing system that this is allowed. And as usual, the Net gets it wrong on so many levels.
Here are two simple ways to water tomatoes for high yields. Remember the fruit is 95% water so you can’t let this plant suffer.
Here’s how you feed your tomato plants for a maximum harvest
Training For Maximum Harvests
Understand a simple fact. If you want to get the biggest harvest possible out of a small space, then staking your tomato is the way to grow it. You grow “up” rather than “out.” Some beginning gardeners confuse the difference between maximizing harvest per plant with maximizing harvest per square foot. You’ll get more tomatoes in a small garden by properly staking the tomato vine.
Here’s how to train tomatoes growing in a cage.
Here’s how to prune them up a string
Growing tomatoes to maturity. Here’s a summary of the above two points plus a picture of one of my support systems in a small garden.
Here’s how to prune your tomato plants depending on how you want to grow them. Classic methods to increase harvests.
How To Fix Your Tomato Garden Problems
Tomato hornworms will decimate a plant overnight Here’s how to control this pest.
Here’s how to tell if you have a magnesium deficiency in tomatoes Note that adding Epsom Salts is one of the most prevalent and worst bits of Internet advice out there. Do NOT use epsom salts in your garden unless your tomato leaf looks like this one.
Blossom End Rot, here’s how to avoid it. The biggest problem (and one with the most amount of stupid Internet advice) is black spots on the bottom of tomatoes.
Catfacing is an interesting issue. Here’s how to stop this problem.
Tomatoes cracking? Here’s what’s causing it and some possible solutions.
Septoria is a black dot on the tomato leaf that gets larger and larger as the season progresses.
Tomato Late Blight – if your plant rots almost overnight and the fruit is rotting too, it’s likely Late Blight. If it takes longer and the fruit isn’t rotting, it’s not late blight.