Tomatoes: Dealing with Pests

Pest Symptoms Control Nematodes (microscopic round worms) Generally attack the roots and cause decrease in root volume and a general weakness in the plant. Can make the plants susceptible to other disease. Nematodes may transmit viral disease. Plants appear unthrifty Stunted Wilt prematurely and recover slowly after watering. Can look like the plants aren’t getting enough nutrients (since the root […]

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Tomato Diseases: Fruit

Most of the diseases or problems with the tomato fruit result from contact with the soil or sub-optimal growing conditions. Keeping the fruit off the ground, proper watering and adequate sunlight will prevent many of the problems listed below. Disease/Problem Symptoms Management Anthracnosefungus Colletotrichum coccodes Small, slightly sunken water soaked circular spots. Spots will become larger and darken in the center. […]

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Tomato Diseases: Foliage

The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true in all areas of life and in tomato growing. Healthy plants will produce more fruit and feed you better. So, knowing what you might expect in the way of diseases that may affect your tomato plants before you get started will save effort in treating […]

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Why Grow Tomatoes Upside Down?

If you are a novice in growing tomatoes and you approach an experienced vegetable grower for some inspiration, you might be more than a little surprised when he asks you “Why not grow your tomato plants upside down?” “Upside down? What do you mean?” you are likely to respond in astonishment. “Who on earth would want to grow tomatoes – […]

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Harvesting and Storing Tomatoes

When to Pick Pick before the tomato is fully colored and still firm. This allows the plant to use its nutrients and resources in developing the next fruit. Ripen the freshly picked tomatoes at room temperature. If you will not use the tomatoes as soon as they ripen (best option), store the ripened tomatoes in the refrigerator. If the tomatoes […]

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Tomato Varieties

There are over 10,000 known varieties of tomatoes. All those choices make selecting the ideal tomato interesting and fun. As you try to decide on the type or types of tomatoes you wish to grow, there are several considerations you will want to keep in mind. Some of the major considerations are: Productivity Tendency for fruit splitting Disease resistance Climate […]

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Organic Gardening – Planting Heirloom Tomatoes

It is important when planting your organic heirloom tomatoes that you know how to plant them correctly.  If not done correctly, the tomato plant can yield less fruits than normal, and even worse, not grow at all.  Below are some helpful tips to help you plant your heirloom tomatoes correctly so that they will grow healthy and strong. When planting […]

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Growing Organic Tomatoes

One of the most popular plant found in the garden is tomatoes.  Tomatoes are a favorite to grow because of their delicious taste and they make the garden more beautiful.  For those who wants to eat healthy tomatoes should consider growing organic tomatoes.  Organic tomatoes differ from regular one as they do not contain any harmful chemicals.  With rising concerns […]

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Starting tomatoes from seed

1. Get fresh seeds Seeds that have been around for a while will have lower germination rates. It’s best to use seeds 4 years old or less; however, older seeds can be used if they have been stored in cool and dry conditions. 2. Get the right mix. Buy some seed starting mix at the local garden store, Kmart, or […]

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Plant at the Right Time to Avoid Tomato Growing Problems

Given that tomato growing is meant to be an enjoyable and highly productive pastime, you naturally want to plan your planting to avoid any problems that may crop up during the planting and harvesting process. In this regard one of the most important things to take into account is the timing of your planting. Since temperature is one of the […]

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