Every gardener loves tomatoes. We love them in salads, sandwiches, pasta sauces, and salsas. Most of all, we love them fresh from the garden. In fact, they are the most widely grown crop in North America.
Raising tomatoes can be difficult. It calls for practice, attention to detail, and some luck. Here are our best tips for a successful growing season.
Be patient. Don’t plant seeds or set transplants out too early. Tomatoes hate cold soil and cold nights (below 55[degrees]F).
Select tomato varieties that extend your growing season. Grow an early-season variety as well as mid-season and late ones.
Start seeds indoors properly. Use big containers with plenty of room for the roots. Seedlings will develop the best root systems if the roots don’t touch the sides of their containers.
Choose nursery seedlings carefully if you can’t start your own. Select healthy transplants with at least five to seven leaves. If you buy a six-pack, move the seedlings to bigger pots without disturbing the roots.