Top 6 Tips For Organic Tomato Gardening
Author C. Sanders. Published on June 10, 2011 - 2:13 am (908 views — 400 words
Organic tomato gardening has become a famous backyard hobby for many people. Since this crop is cultivated naturally and without using chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides, it costs higher than regular tomatoes.
The following are 6 of the best tips to help you start:
Location - Organic tomato gardening calls for plenty of sun - around 8 to 12 hours a day to keep the roots and soil warm, and for growth. If you have indoor organic tomato plants, you need to take them out during the day so they can absorb sunlight and heat from the sun.
Temperature - It is favorable for organic tomato plants to have a soil temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit during day time. Sometimes it gets cooler in the evenings, so it is best to cover your tomato plants with sheets or buckets overnight. During very hot summers, with temperatures of over 90 degrees, are quite difficult for tomato plants. Provide shade to your tomato plants to block the sun's scorching rays during daytime.
Watering - Regular watering is important for organic tomato gardening; or else rot diseases and sporadic growth of the fruit might occur. Watering the tomato plants should be done twice a week and the soil should be soaked within 6 to 8 inches. You'll need to water the tomatoes more often if the temperature is extremely hot.
Fertilizer - Natural organic fertilizers are the best for organic tomato gardening because they don't contain chemical-based products. The ideal fertilizers for your tomatoes are those that are high in nitrogen such as composted grass/weed clippings, seaweed, fish emulsion and manure.
Pest control - You can use natural enemies of the pests that lurk in your garden. Birds, lizards, frogs and ladybugs are the natural enemies of aphids and caterpillars that eat up the tomato leaves and fruits. It's also advisable to stake your plants to keep them off the ground that is home to worms and insects.
Mulching - Use black plastic around your tomato plants to keep the soil warm and to prevent weed growth. This also assists in directing water to the roots.
Aside from just being a hobby, organic tomato gardening can also be a good source of income. There's no need to bust your wallet just to have a taste of this coveted fruit because you'll enjoy it for free once your garden is thriving with produce.