10 TIPS FOR GROWING TOMATOES

These 10 tips for growing tomatoes will ensure that you have the biggest, most beautiful, juiciest and tastiest tomatoes you've ever had!

#1. GIVE THEM SPACE & SUN

Tomatoes always thrive best when they're planted at least 36 inches apart, and 4-5 feet apart in rows. Give them plenty of space, and they'll reward you with plenty of fruit. Choose a spot that will get the MOST sunlight possible in a day (at least 10 hours!).

#2. ROTATE YOUR CROP

To ensure healthy tomatoes, alternate your tomato beds between different spots in the garden. This will diminish the risk of soil-borne diseases.

#3. SAY NO TO OVERGROWN TRANSPLANTS

Did you know that tomato seedlings with lush green starts have poor root systems? Get rid of them before they have a chance to grow, otherwise they'll take twice as long to produce!

#4. BURY THE STEMS

Plant your tomato seedlings up to the first true leaves. New roots will sprout very quickly onto the stems, and that means more fruit!

#5. WATER DEEPLY AND INFREQUENTLY

At the height of summer, soak your plants once a week and directly onto the soil – never on the leaves.

#6. PINCH THE RUNTS

Pinch off non-fruiting branches so that your tomato plant can focus all of its energy into producing bigger, healthier fruit.

#7. STAKE THEM

When growing tomatoes, keep in mind that they love the climb. Stick a stake that's at all 6 feet tall right at the time of transplanting. Doing it later can cause root damage.

#8. TRIM AND COMPOST

While your tomatoes are growing, encourage more growth by adding compost around the stem and trimming some of the upper leaves.

#9. PLANT AGAIN

About three weeks after your transplant, go ahead and plant again. This is important because you don't want all of your tomatoes coming it all at once.

#10. HARVEST

Harvest your tomatoes at just the right time – once they're the right size and they reach the right color!