Growing TOMATOES in your Vegetable Garden
PLANT TYPE: Annual
LATIN NAME: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
SUN: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: A very wide range of soil types. Little preferrence
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.5
WATERING: Average. Keep moist not wet.
MATURITY IN DAYS: 55-105 days depending on the variety.
KNOWN PESTS: Plenty. It's wise to keep a steady eye on the fruit as it matures.
KNOWN DISEASES: Blossom end rot, tomato blight
Tomatoes prefer full sun with good air circulation.
Not a great idea to plant them against a wall or solid fence.
Tomatoes are heavy feeders and prefer a warm, well drained soil especially full of compost.
Add plenty of compost and well rotted manure before you start to plant your tomatoes.
Feed regularly while they are growing with a compost tea or well balanced fertilizer.
Avoid excessive nitrogen, particularly before fruit sets.
Excessive watering can increase tomato size but decrease flavour which is one reason that commercial tomatoes never seem to have that 'tomato taste'.
Tomato seedlings benefit from waterings with Epsom salts, use 1/2 Tbsp of Epsom salts per litre.Do not allow moisture levels vary too much as drying out and drenching will cause cracking in the fruit.
Water directly onto the soil, not the plant.
Best Times to grow Basil:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania - Oct - April
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth - Sept - May.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton - late August- June
North Q'ld and NT - All year..