Planting Your Tomatoes

If you want to start a garden, planting tomatoes is a great way to do so. Tomatoes are an excellent crop to have around the house and you will find that they taste good fresh when they are picked ripe.

But you need to be careful with how you plant them and what you are growing them for. The most popular tomato in America is the tomato, Solanum lycopericum, also called a true tomato plant. The species actually originated in central Mexico and Central America. The Nahuatl name tomatl given to the Spanish term tomate came from that name. When it was first introduced in Europe and the United States, see at the name was changed to tomato. When it comes to planting tomatoes, there are two different types. The one you plant will depend on your growing conditions. The two main types of tomatoes are long-lasting or long-filling and short-filling. The long-filling types tend to require more water than the short-filling types, and they also tend to require more space. But short-filling types are easier to grow and can be planted in a single bed and not have a problem watering them.  illustration When you are looking for seeds for planting your tomatoes, the best place to go is to the nursery or garden center where you are most likely going to plant your tomatoes in the future. The plant catalogs are usually very detailed and they give you lots of information about the various types of tomatoes. You should look through the catalogs carefully and try to get as much information as possible before you plant your tomatoes.

Soil for Tomatoes

It's a good idea to get a feel for the soil where your tomatoes are going to be planted. Look over the soil and determine whether it is too wet or too dry and if it could damage the plant. There are three basic ways to judge this: dark, light, and wet. Dark or damp soil will absorb more water than light or dry soil, while light or dry soil will not absorb as much water as dark or wet soil. To determine the proper amount of water that your soil should be getting, make sure that you check the soil every few months. There are different types of tomato plants; some prefer a lot of moisture and others need much less. Soil that is too dry won't support a tomato plant at all. Soil that is too wet may crack or break, the root will rot, and the tomatoes will fail to mature properly.  image Also, be sure to check on how your soil is being drained. This is important because poor drainage will make it difficult for the roots to drain. If there is not enough drainage, then the roots may rot. Water your plants every two weeks during the growing season and once or twice a year. Remember that they are growing at a slow rate, so you don't need to water them often. Watering them too much, though, can destroy the nutrients in the soil. If you water too often, the soil might become soggy, which is one of the main reasons for rotting of the roots. The roots are also deprived of oxygen. Therefore, you should water the plants every couple of weeks, but not more than once a week. Do not overwater your plants. This can cause the roots to rot and also damage the roots by allowing the water to evaporate off into the soil instead of soaking deep into it.  foto Watering your garden can be a big job at times, but don't worry, since there are several methods to watering. It is best to water from the top down. and never water the entire bed of your garden at the same time. You want to water the lower areas first because these areas are the ones that will absorb the most water. If you have plants in a small area, you will need to water them more often because they will dry out more quickly. For example, do not water the bed when the ground is still moist. Just water up the lower areas of the area that contain the tomatoes. It's best to water in the morning or late evening before the sun is shining through the trees. Keep in mind that the soil should always have at least 1 inch of water in it. Never let the soil dry completely.