What Is the Best Way to Grow Tomatoes?


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The best way to grow tomatoes is to allow them to put down good roots, plant the right seedlings and make the proper cuts to your plants. The best time to grow tomatoes is during the summer season.

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What Is the Best Way to Grow Tomatoes?
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  1. Dig a hole

    Make sure the hole is at least a foot deep. Add a layer of compost at the bottom so the tomatoes get plenty of nutrients and loose soil. It's also good to add fertilizer that doesn't have too much nitrogen.

  2. Plant the seedlings

    The best tomato seedlings are those that have less than an inch between the branches. Look for plants that have healthy, compact roots so they can grow faster and have a better chance of warding off disease. Cut the bottom of the branches before you plant them to support healthy root growth.

  3. Fill the holes

    Use bonemeal, compost and garden soil when filling up the area around your seedlings. Fill up the holes all the way to the "neck" of the seedlings until the bottom leaves are grazing the soil. If the seedling is only a foot tall, it should stick 3 to 5 inches above the ground.

  4. Support your seedlings

    Water your tomato plants, but not so much that you risk mold and diseases growing on them. It's also a good idea to use hay or straw as mulch around the plants so you can keep the rate of evaporation low.

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