The activity of growing tomatoes by organic gardening is so much more than just placing a tomato seed into the ground.
It takes a considerable amount of research, diligent work and patience, to help your tomato plants grow and ripen so that you have the enjoyment of partaking in their bounty. These gardening tips can help you when you are growing tomatoes using these organic gardening skills.
When you go about growing tomatoes synergistically, the chances of a successful tomato crop are eminent. To naturally repel pests, interplant French marigolds or African marigolds near nematode-sensitive crops like tomatoes and potatoes. To improve tomato growth, plant legumes such as beans and peas near tomato plants so that they can benefit from the nitrogen they produce. Interspersing your tomato plants with other companion plants like the onion family, nasturtiums, carrots, asparagus, parsley and cucumbers will greatly benefit when growing tomatoes. Strong smelling plants like herbs and onions, can help repel bugs, insects and animals.
Growing Tomatoes – The Benefits Interplanting With Marigold Flowers
Marigold flowers are quite beneficial and are a real powerhouse in your organic tomato garden. When the marigold flowers and leaves decay, they release chemicals that attract frogs, and repel snakes. The chemicals that the marigolds release kill nematode pests. These pests attack and feed on the root tissue of many vegetable plants, including tomatoes. So planting bright yellow marigolds in your garden is not only a pleasant treat for your eyes, but behind the scenes they are hard at work protecting the health of your tomato plants.
Composting and Crop Rotation When Growing Tomatoes
When growing tomatoes in your organic garden, add compost around the tomato plants stem and trim the upper leaves. This will aid your tomato plants in growing in the best way possible. The idea is to follow through with these tasks as soon as the earliest fruit starts to ripen.
It is also a good plan to rotate your tomato crop with other crops such as grasses or brassicas that are tolerant to nematodes and follow this by onions that are resistant to these pests.
The activity of growing tomatoes by organic gardening is one that can be enjoyed by everyone, but only those very serious into it, will try to perfect their organic tomato gardening techniques. Now with more organic gardening knowledge you can easily become a great organic tomato gardener, too.
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