Raw, cooked or dried – my family and I love tomatoes, but each one is different. That’s why I grow different varieties. Outside in the tomato house, however, only after the ice saints.
My family prefers cooked tomatoes as soup or Bolognese. I like all types of preparation of tomatoes, the main thing is that they are fresh from my own garden ? reason enough for me to grow many varieties! For years I have been planting my first preferred specimens in the greenhouse in mid-April, where they continue to grow protected and warm. In my open tomato house, however, there was still a yawning emptiness until yesterday. In all honesty: I found it very difficult not to fill it yet. The warm, sunny weather was so tempting! But since I – regardless of climate change – know about the ice saints, I have been patient. And it was worth it. This year they came on time and with power. Temperatures fell below 5 degrees Celsius at night, and an icy wind moved across the country during the day. Fortunately, Mamertus, Pankratius, Servatius, Bonifatius and the “cold Sophie” left just as quickly as they came and I was able to plant the offspring of tomatoes yesterday. Since I had already fertilized the soil organically, all I had to do was loosen it. In no time their submerged root balls landed in the ground at a neat distance.
This is how tomatoes feel good
Give your tomatoes a sunny spot in nutrient-rich soil. Three to five liters of compost per square meter or a ladle of organic tomato fertilizer will secure your first appetite. During the summer, it is best to feed the ever-hungry vegetables with a liquid fertilizer.
How do I plant tomatoes?
Dig the planting hole so deep that the root ball is about two centimeters below the ground. Because if it is not completely covered with earth, it dries out easily. In the case of grafted plants, the thickened grafting point on the stem must remain above the ground after planting. Three tomatoes fit on one square meter in the bed.
In the tomato house it is best to keep a distance of about 50 cm in the row. If the tomatoes are always in the same place, soil pests such as root elbows and the causative agents of the cork root disease can multiply. Therefore, change your location after three years at the latest!
Pour tomatoes properly
It’s best to water your tomatoes early in the morning. Water them thoroughly every two to three days, but not until the soil has completely dried out. Otherwise the fruits will burst easily. Please remember: tomatoes shouldn’t be left in the rain. Exceptions are varieties such as Phantasia and Philovita, which show a high tolerance to the dreaded late blight and brown rot. The leaves should not get wet even when watering. If you want to be absolutely sure, remove the lower leaves as soon as the plants are strong enough.
What care do you need?
Many tomatoes need climbing aids. Spiral rods are practical and easy to clean. Thoroughly clean the sticks with soapy water to kill fungal spores. A regular breakout of the side shoots that sprout in the leaf axils is also a must. This so-called pruning is particularly necessary with stick tomatoes, not necessarily with small-fruited bush, cherry or date tomatoes. If you grow too lush on the trellis, you can remove individual shoots. The easy-care traffic light varieties can grow freely.
Don’t have your own garden or not enough space in the garden?
There are solutions for this too! Have you ever thought of growing your tomatoes or any other vegetables in your apartment or house? There are now special indoor greenhouses for this. I have already tested these greenhouses myself and can recommend them to others. You can grow the vegetables there as normal, you only need a special grow lamp and you can start growing. I once linked these products …