How To Get The Highest Yield From Your Tomato Plants
For me, there is nothing quite like the smell of fresh tomatoes on the vine.
However, sometimes you can end up growing lovely tomato plants, but not always having an awesome crop of actual tomatoes.
Here are a few tips to help you maximize your harvest this summer.
When you plant your tomatoes, put a crushed eggshell, and a scoop of compost in the bottom of the hole. Plant the seedling deeper than it was in it’s original pot, and gently tamp the soil around it.
After a couple of weeks, begin checking your plants for “suckers”. Suckers are small shoots that grow in the crook between the main stalk and a branch of the plant. They don’t produce any fruit, and only “suck” nutrients from the plant, so we pinch them off so all the plant’s energy can go to the actual tomatoes.
Stake your plants when they can no longer hold up their own weight, and keep tying them to the stake as they grow.
Lastly, trim all the branches 6-8″ from the ground so that it’s easier to water, and more likely keep pests from crawling up from the ground.