How to grow tomatoes in a garden
- Choose a sunny spot in the garden with well drained soil and enrich with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Add Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite to help sweeten the soil and help prevent blossom end rot.
- Sow seeds, lightly cover with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well. If growing from seedlings, they can be planted a little deeper, so that the bottom few centimetres of the tomato stems are covered with soil. Water in well.
- Tall growing tomatoes will require stakes for support, so it’s best to put these in now to avoid damaging plant roots later.
- As seedlings emerge and grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the main stem.
- As larger staked tomatoes grow, gently tie the main stems to the stakes with a plant tie or old piece of hosiery.
- Harvest tomatoes when the fruit is plump and red (or yellow, depending on the variety).