Tomate Tomato Tomate Tomate
Soil :Rich soil with plenty of compost mixed in before planting.
Position : Full sun
Frost tolerant : No
Helps: Brassicas, broccoli, cabbage, celery, roses, peppers, asparagus
Helped by: Asparagus, basil, beans, bee balm (Monarda), oregano, parsley, marigold, alliums, garlic, leeks, celery, geraniums, petunias, nasturtium, borage, coriander, chives, corn, dill, mustard, fenugreek, barley, carrots, eggplant, mints, okra, sage, thyme, « flower strips »
Avoid: Black walnut, alfalfa, corn, fennel, chili peppers, peas, dill, potatoes, beetroot, brassicas, rosemary
Repels: asparagus beetle
Sow and Plant :Start seedlings indoors or start with purchased plants. Set out after the last frost has passed, when the soil is warm and settled.
Germination: 5-10 days
Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 7″ (50cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 5″ (45cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap
Feeding : Weekly liquid feed or seaweed drench from mid summer onwards.
Harvesting :Pick regularly as soon as the fruits turn color but are still firm. Store at room temperature.
Yield per 10ft of row: 60lbs
Time to harvest: 70-100days
Troubleshooting :Watch for leaf-eating tomato hornworms, and pick them off. Black patches on the bottom of fruits are a nutritional disorder best prevented by growing tomatoes in well-prepared soil with constant light moisture.
Notes :Black walnuts inhibit tomato growth, in fact they are negative allelopathic to all other nightshade plants (chili pepper, potato, tobacco, petunia) as well, because it produces a chemical called juglone. Dill attracts tomato hornworm.
Growing tomatoes with Basil does not appear to enhance tomato flavour but studies have shown that growing them around 10 inches apart can increase the yield of tomatoes by about 20%. One study shows that growing chili peppers near tomatoes in greenhouses increases tomato whitefly on the tomatoes