Tomato, Tomahto? Tips And Tricks For Growing Tomatoes

A delicious fruit, tomatoes are famously good for growing yourself due to their ease of growth and the (relatively) small size of their plants. But being relatively easy to grow doesn’t mean that you can just plunk a few seeds into some soil, pour some water on it, and automatically reap red, juicy tomatoes right off the bat – as with many hobbies, things that seem simple are rarely as easy as they may appear. So if you’re looking to grow your own tomatoes but have never done it before, then here are a few tips and tricks to get you garden-fresh fruits in no time.

Let There Be Light

Tomatoes want full sun, all the time (or, rather, for around two-thirds of the day), so putting them in your kitchen window probably isn’t the best move. While the ideal place for tomatoes is outside, as that way they’ll catch the sun’s rays no matter where it is in the sky, if you don’t have the room for a backyard garden, you’ll want to invest in a plant light. These portable little lamps simulate the sun’s rays and should be placed no more than a few inches from your little seedlings (so that your tomato stalks grow stocky, not spindly). You’ll want to adjust the light as your seedlings grow to keep it a few inches from the plant at all times, but the result will be strong, hearty tomato plants that can fully support the growing fruit.

Water Like You Mean It

As much as tomatoes like sun and heat, they like water even better – so water your plants regularly. Missing a day or a week and then overwatering will lead to cracked fruit (and possibly even fruit with blossom rot on their ends) with little flavor. When you’re watering, ensure that you water deep – tomato plants have deep roots – and avoid getting the water on the leaves. Though you may think that watering the leaves is a good way to keep them hydrated, it will actually just waterlog them, leading to fewer tomatoes and an overall unhealthy plant.

Trim the Small Leaves

Those small leaves that grow in the juncture between the stalk and an off-shooting branch won’t grow you any fruit, but they do take up essential nutrients that your tomatoes need to both survive and thrive. Taking a few seconds to prune off those tiny leaves will not only make your plant look better, but also help to conserve nutrients so that your tomatoes get everything that they need.

For more information, contact local professionals like Wild Geese Gardens.

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Why Does Your Peach Tree Have Few Or No Peaches?

If you have a peach tree in your yard, then, of course, you want it to bear delicious fruit. So it can be frustrating when fall arrives and there are only a few — if any — peaches on the tree. There are a number of reasons why your peach tree may not be giving you enough fruit. Here’s a look:

It’s too old or too young.

Peach trees don’t typically start producing fruit until they’re about three to four years old. The first few years, they may only produce a few peaches. So if your tree is relatively young, you might just need to be patient and wait for its production to pick up. The problem could also be that your tree is too old. Most only produce fruit for about 12 years. If you think your tree is too old, replacing it may be your best bet.

You need a pollinating partner.

Most peach trees are self-pollinating, which means the pollen from that same tree can be used to fertilize the ovum within the flower and produce a fruit. However, there are some peach varieties, like the J.H. Hale peach, which need to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety in order to produce fruit. Other peach varieties produce some, but not a lot, of fruit without a partner. If you only have one peach tree and it’s not producing peaches, planting a second peach tree may give it a pollinating partner and increase your fruit production.

You haven’t pruned it properly.

Peach trees should be pruned each spring before the buds appear. This gets rid of the old, non-productive branches so that the newer branches have more resources left. If you have not pruned your tree, its water and nutrients may simply be spread too thin for it to produce a lot of peaches. Pruning the tree too late in the season after buds have already appeared can also harm production. Have a landscaping professional come prune your tree each spring, and you’ll likely see an increase in production. If you choose to prune the tree yourself, remember to focus on removing the older, woodier branches and leaving the new, green branches behind.

It needs more water.

Peach trees need plenty of water in order to make big, juicy peaches. The younger the tree, the more shallow its room system. So younger trees need even more water than older ones since they can’t extract water from deep down in the soil. Try watering your tree whenever the soil around it starts to feel dry. Apply the water directly to the soil rather than spraying the tree. You don’t want to get the branches wet, as this can increase the chances of a fungal infection.

If your peach tree is still not producing after you address the issues on this list, talk to a tree care company like A-1 Expert Tree Service for more information.

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