*If you missed the pickup for tomato orders on February 25th, you may pickup at the main office on Monday, February 27th between noon and 3pm. Please call the office when you arrive – 251-342-0555
Tomato Facts and Tips
- Grow them in sun – 6-8 hours a day is a must!
- They need good rich composted soil with a pH from 6.2 to 6.8 – and a time release or organic fertilizer helps them through the season
- Applying a 2-4 inch layer of mulch in April, after the soil has warmed up, will help keep down weeds and keep the soil evenly moist.
- The number of days given is the average time between planting out and the maturing of the first fruit.
- Determinate – The plants reach a certain height and then stop growing. The majority of their fruit matures within a few weeks of each other. Great for those who like to can, make sauce, or freeze their crops.
- Indeterminate – These plants continue to grow and produce tomatoes throughout the season. They need support (mostly 5ft ) They throw out a lot of shoots, and some like to prune those for optimum-size fruit, or to train them on trellises, but pruning the side shoots is not essential.
- There are some varieties that are semi-determinate because they are somewhere in between – they are best if supported.
- Heirloom tomatoes have been around for a while, and are not hybrids
- Hybrid tomatoes are crosses of different varieties, and offer better disease resistance, higher yield and other improvements.