Organic Tomato Gardening

Organic tomato gardening is very popular. You will hardly find any vegetable (or fruit) garden without tomatoes. They’re versatile; you can eat them with so many different foods, from salads and pasta to sandwiches and sauces. Many people enjoy their taste and the pride it brings when they bite into their self-grown organic tomato.

If this is your first time organic tomato gardening, you will need to know how it’s properly done, so that your tomato garden is fruitful. You must know that tomatoes are divided into two types, which all depends on how they are grown; determinates and inderterminates.

If you would like to grow the tomatoes from a short vine, these are determinate tomatoes. These reach a certain length before they stop growing, thus the name determinate; you are able to determine the growth process. Determinates usually give fruit earlier during the growing season. These can be grown in containers and small garden spaces, being that they are typically small and compact plants.

Indeterminates on the other hand, have continuously growing vines. Tomatoes grown this way tend to need more added support to grow well. Tomatoes grown the indeterminate way are best put in cages or on a trellis.

It is important to know before you begin organic tomato gardening, that tomatoes are a tender, warm season and long maturing crop. It is also important that you begin growing your organic tomatoes indoors, depending on where you live.

You can buy your starter tomatoes from a nursery in your town. In the nursery, you will find special codes on each of the starter plants, meaning what they are resistant to. N stands for nematodes resistance, V is verticilium wilt resistance, F for fusarium wilt resistance, A is alternaria leaf spot resistance, FF is race 1 and 2 fusarium resistance, T is tobacco mosaic virus resistance and L is septoria leaf spot resistance.

If beginning your organic tomato gardening with starters from the nursery, make sure that the leaves are green without any yellow speckling, which may mean it already has a problem with a disease.

If you are going to be growing your tomato garden from the seed, you should plant your seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. The seeds of tomatoes are very sensitive, so it isn’t wise to plant the seeds in the garden during this time frame. The ideal temperature you are looking for is 85 degrees.

Here’s a tip to encourage your tomato plant to grow even better; just pinch off its side shoots! You can use these shoots to create separate plants if the shoots themselves are 5 inches or longer. They’ll take root in about 10 days. Make sure you remove the first flowers so that they’ll grow enough to provide you with good fruit. These plants will come to fruition later than your original plants so you’ll be enjoying your organic tomato gardening efforts for a long while!