Planting different fruits and vegetables in our own home or backyards provides a number of benefits such as lower grocery expenses and healthier and fresher produce.
With its many uses in a variety of dishes and ease of growing, the tomato is one of the basic crops to grow in our own home. Tomatoes are a perfect crop for the warm season. This may be grown indoors or outdoors and seeds are readily available.
Tomatoes come in different sizes and varieties. It contains many nutrients that are healthy for the body such as Vitamins A, C, K, E, B6, Foliate, Manganese and many more. This crop is low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fats.
Tomatoes are known to be a functional and super food because it contains many nutrients and it can help prevent chronic diseases. In addition, it can also help increase energy and weight loss. Moreover, tomatoes backyard-grown varieties contain no pesticides and thus have more phenolic compounds than those in the market.
When to Plant Tomatoes
To start growing your tomatoes, you should be aware of planting basics and the time frame that best suits the kind of plant you’re going to grow. In general, planting time depends on the weather conditions and the area you live in since we all know that tomatoes are warm weather plants.
Tomatoes will not grow if the temperature is below 50 F/ 10 C so you have to observe the temperature during night time because tomatoes will only set fruit once the temperature is 55 F/ 10 C. . You should also measure the soil’s temperature which should be 60 F/ 16 C.
You may buy a soil thermometer but you can also check the suitability of the soil using your fingers. Just thrust your finger in the soil and feel the heat. If in one minute there’s no heat or uncomfortable feeling it means it is not warm enough for the tomatoes to grow.
You can check with your supplier on how long it would take for the plant to mature. Some good tomatoes needs 50-60 days to fully mature but most needs 100 days.
It is highly suggested that if you’re going to plant tomatoes but it is late in the season, you should buy transplants that has few days to mature.
If you want a glowing and tasty looking tomato, it is highly suggested that you start with seeds than transplants. Also, buried stems means better roots so just be patient in those fuzzy tomato stems. If you prefer to use seeds, you should first plant indoors.
You should take into consideration the time of planting because it takes 6-8 weeks for indoor seeds to before these can be transplanted. It if it's already six inches tall, then you can plant it outside. Also, it is advisable to transfer the seedlings outside when it is a cloudy to prevent it from drying out by the sudden change in temperature.
For additional tips and techniques, you may check the internet for articles or forums on this topic. There are also maps that show the growing zone of tomatoes and a timetable of the last spring frost date and calculate the best time for you to plant your own tomatoes.
Tomatoes are a must have in any backyard garden due to the many uses these have and the health benefits they provide. Although it is a warm weather plant, it is relatively easy to tend to. Just make sure to plant these at the appropriate time and you’re efforts will be well worth it.
If you use seedlings, it is advisable to compute the time when you’re going to plant it outdoors. It takes roughly 6-8 weeks or for the plant to grow at least six inches tall to be ready outdoors. The ideal temperature indoor is 70 – 80 F for the seeds to develop.
It is said that May is the best time to plant it outdoors because frost is already gone and with the soil starting to get warmer. You also have to plant these 2 inches deep for stronger root systems.