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Gardening Tips: Easily Grow Beautiful Tomatoes And Keep Your Garden Healthy
The current trend is to go natural in our consumption habits, especially when it comes to food consumption. So it’s no surprise that more and more people are starting to grow their own fruits and vegetables in their gardens. Another benefit of this activity is that it seems to generate a real sense of relaxation! So there’s no reason not to do it! But growing fruits and vegetables in the garden has a few secrets you’ll want to know before you get started, especially if you want to end up with healthy, juicy produce and a beautiful blooming garden. We’ve focused the first part of these tips on growing tomatoes because they are a food staple. Growing tomatoes is not complicated, but it does require know-how, patience, and above all, following the right advice to obtain beautiful, red, and delicious tasting products. And if growing tomatoes is not your thing, you can find more general tips about gardening in general below.
1/Tomato plants must be anchored deep in the soil
This is the first step to harvesting beautiful, juicy tomatoes: plant your tomato plants properly. Tomatoes should be planted very deep in the ground, and ideally, the plants should be installed horizontally. Indeed, tomatoes form adventitious roots along their stems so the horizontal position is ideal for the plant to be well installed and for the roots to spread in the ground. As for planting them deeply, the soil is more humid in depth. This will allow the root system of the tomato plant to better resist the strong heat, particularly in summer, to the drought, which will allow access to the nutrients of the ground.
2/Cut regularly the leaves of the bottom of the stem
Beware of leaves that are in direct contact with the soil, for any type of plant, and in any environment. Not only are these leaves constantly wet and rotting, but they can also contaminate the soil and surrounding plants if the plant from which they came is contaminated. This is also true for tomato plants. Therefore, it is important to cut off the bottom leaves of your tomatoes as regularly as possible! It may take some time, but it will never be time wasted since it will prevent your plants from getting sick or dying.
3/Cover the soil with straw
There is nothing worse than taking care of your plants and having weeds and pests develop. In order to avoid this type of inconvenience, it is strongly recommended to “mulch”. Does this term mean nothing to you? It is simply covering the soil in which your tomato plant is planted with several layers of straw. Ideally, these layers of straw should reach a total height of 15 cm. If the straw is not available, you can use manure, pine bark or sawdust. These alternatives will protect the soil just as effectively as conventional straw. In addition to protecting against weeds and pests, this technique will also help water penetrate the soil better and allow your plants to retain all their nutrients.
Putting copper on the soil as an alternative to pesticides
As we said above, the current trend is to go natural. So many of us want to avoid using chemicals in growing fruits and vegetables, including pesticides. Well, here is a good alternative/tip that is healthier and much less expensive than commercial pesticides: copper, which is THE ideal solution for you. Indeed, deposited on the ground, copper in all its forms will allow you to fight against all insects, including slugs and snails, likely to damage and eat your plants. It also protects very effectively against bacteria.
4/A stake, to prevent the stems from breaking
Tomato plants can grow quickly. However, it takes time for the stems to be strong enough to support the weight of the fruit and the force of the wind. So, to prevent them from breaking and to keep them growing safely, it’s best to choose stakes. There are several shapes and materials for stakes on the market, but the one recommended for tomato plants is a cage-shaped stake, made of metal (preferably copper, but any other type of metal will do). Whichever stake you choose, remember that it’s important to install your stake before the roots have started to spread and before the tomatoes have started to grow.
5/Reserve space for your tomato plants
Don’t like being stuck to people on public transportation? Well, your plants don’t like being stuck together either. Especially tomatoes! When planting tomatoes, try to respect a minimum distance of 70 cm between the different plants so that your tomatoes feel good and flourish. This recommended space will allow them to draw as many nutrients as they need from the soil and to receive more vitamins from the sun.