Today it is all about the proliferation of “urban gardens.” There are many major reasons behind this phenomenon. First, it starts to be fashionable to plant giant vegetables. Second, is the need to save money. Third, people claim that the vegetables found in supermarkets are often tasteless.
Let’s talk about the techniques and tricks that market gardeners are doing to get giant and, above all, good tomatoes.
Very large tomatoes in the garden: all it takes is a spoonful of this ingredient!
Always plant in a new space
Tomatoes are very susceptible to disease. This should prompt us each new season to plant tomatoes in a new area of the garden. Rotation is a key factor in maintaining soil and plant health.
Generally, tomatoes should not be planted in the same place for at least three years.
Provide support before planting
Whether you use cages, canes, stakes or trellises, tomatoes need support! Not only do you support the plant in the early stages of growth, but you prevent it from damaging and compressing the roots. Install support before or during planting, not weeks later!
Tomatoes should be planted deep. This helps plants develop additional roots to absorb more nutrients and moisture.
One of the secrets to growing large tomatoes is to feed the plants at planting time. The hole should be filled with a mixture of compost, crushed eggshells, a couple of teaspoons of coffee grounds and onion peels.
Use organic mulch
Mulch is another important factor, because it helps maintain proper moisture and contain weeds that rob plants of the nutrients, they need to grow healthy and strong. It also helps prevent certain diseases, regulate temperature, and prevent soil and nutrient erosion if there is heavy rainfall.
The mulch will consist of compost (10 to 15 cm in diameter around each plant) and a layer of straw ten to fifteen centimetres thick. If straw is not available, you can use clippings, pruning remains, freshly cut grass, and dry leaves.
Prune plants as they grow
Tomatoes should be pruned as they grow. Especially at the bottom of the plant: this is to better circulate air and light. But not only that; pruning at the bottom also makes it easier to water or fertilize.