I’ve been gardening in my backyard for several years now, and each year I’ve learned something new. More often than not, these have been hard-won lessons through trial and error, and I emphasize the word “error.”
One of the first plants I tried to grow was tomatoes, because I heard everyone say they were easy. Well … they may be easy, but if so, everything else is ridiculously hard, at least for me. I have gotten them to produce fruit, but only in small amounts, and the tomatoes on the whole have been rather small and disappointing.
I just found this super-awesome video though which includes a ton of great tips and tricks!
There are 10 easy steps to growing high-yield tomatoes!
- Get the right types of tomatoes to grow in your climate. If you need tips, talk to a local expert.
- Lay the plants on their sides.
- Plant them in a trench with the top three inches uncovered.
- Add a fourth to a half a cup of slow release fertilizer.
- Erect a cage around each individual plant. It should be about five feet tall with a two foot diameter.
- Cover the cages with floating row cover to provide protection from wind.
- Fertilize the plants each week using a hose-end applicator. Apply directly to the leaves.
- Side dress the tomatoes with two to three teaspoons of ammonium sulfate after they produce their first yield. Water afterward.
- Wait until tomatoes are 30% ripe, and then pick them. Otherwise the birds will get them.
- Do not refrigerate tomatoes. They go bad quickly if you do, so put them on the counter instead.
Watch the video for the details, and be sure to check out the other great gardening videos in LDSPrepper’s channel—he’s got a lot of other great advice for growing tomatoes and much more.
This brilliant watering solution will ensure your plant is well hydrated and stimulates growth to its full potential! Check out James Bryan's Hometalk post and the discussion, he shares some really insightful tips on growing tomatoes.
When they grow past the top of the cage do you trim the bush back
EVERY article I have read or video I have watched says to NOT get the leaves wet unless a product like Neem Oil says to do so. Are you saying that you do this frequently? Or did I misunderstand?
Confused. Water leaves with fertilizer? Or not? I am going to experiment this spring. Mine are under lights inside now. Will try laying half of seedlings on side
Will trench plant those and spray them with weak fertilizer and see what happens. Miracle Gro too nitrogen hot and will produce too much foliage, not fruit, so will try Schultz's 3-3-3 and some fish stuff. Wish the guy had actually used seedlings to demonstrate.
Apply a time-release granular organic fertilizer. Don't get water on the leaves. Get in touch with the Master Gardeners (nationwide) in your county.
After slicing a tomato should leftover tomato be refrigerated
With small squares in the wire it is impossible to pick the bigger tomatoes. The plants are to bushy and the tomatoes too far down to go from the top.
I made my tomato cages with rolls of cement reinforcement that has 6 inch squares bought from q farm store.
How are you harvesting the tomatoes, when wrapped around those wire cages.., how do you reach i the middle fruit?
I need to get new cages , my plants this year grew taller than expected, these cages may be good..but how the heck do you pick them????
What is the white bucket for in the center of plants.