If you are new to tomato growing or just want to add a new variety of tomato plants to your current garden, you will find below several San Marzano tomato garden tips that will help you. This site provides basic information on how to grow tomatoes, as well as tomato plant guides, grow them properly, and much more. We hope that you find this page informative. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at anytime.
When deciding how to plant San Marzano tomato gardens, one of the key factors to consider is the proper drainage of the area where the tomato plants will be planted. The soil should drain easily so that the water can penetrate easily between the soil particles. You can learn more about proper drainage by reviewing some San Marzano tomato plant guides.
Most tomato plant species require a minimum of 3 inches of water, with the amount depending on the species. The depth of the planting bed should not be more than three to four times the width of the tomato plants. If you are planning to plant tomatoes in containers, it is best to use a raised bed so that the roots are properly supported. The use of a raised bed also helps conserve space and allow for greater root development.
In order to grow delicious fresh tomatoes, you need to make sure that your garden has access to the sun all day long. Because tomatoes rely on sunlight to produce their sweet flavor, having the garden in an area with full sunshine is important. Tomatoes grown in the sun thrive much better than plants that are planted in containers.
Having full sunlight is important, but if you live in an area that does not get full sun throughout the entire day, then you may need to supplement your natural sunlight with artificial lights. Tomatoes love the afternoon sun, so if you are able to plant your garden at least six weeks ahead of the most pleasant weather, you should have no problem getting the plants plenty of sunlight throughout the course of the day. Your garden should be located six to eight feet away from any house, building or structure with the exception of a canopy or plastic roof. Also, make sure your greenhouse has six to ten inches of clearance from the house and any other obstacles.
The final step in preparing your garden for planting is to prepare the soil for the growing zone that will soon follow. To prepare the soil, add one-half cup of bone meal per 8-inch pot. Then, prepare the area by digging a hole about a foot deeper than the roots of the tomato plant, and filling it with sand. After placing the hole in the desired location, add one-half cup of lime per pound of soil, and turn the soil over every couple of weeks to mix the soil and prevent it from drying out too much.
Once the garden is established, it is very important to water the plant every day. When the weather starts to get hot, you can move the tomato plants outdoors to a more suitable growing season or place them in a greenhouse to protect them during the cold part of the growing season. When the heat starts to dissipate, transplant the plants indoors. The roots will expand during this time and you can repot them anytime there is a shortage of sun. If you decide to repot, make sure to do it during the springtime as opposed to the summer when the temperatures are hotter.
Last but not least, it is important to fertilize the tomato plant every two weeks throughout the growing season. Do not use any commercial vegetable fertilizer as the soil could become too dry due to frequent application. Apply a light layer of bone meal, light clay, perlite, sand, or bone meal on the surface of the soil before applying your organic fertilizer. Make sure to follow all directions on the package for proper amounts and how often to apply the fertilizer.