This post has been compensated as part of Central Garden and Pet’s, Pennington Smart Feed Blogger Program. A positive review was not required and use and testing of this product were done in my home garden, according to my own criteria and specifications. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.
Spring is finally glorious, in southeast Nebraska! Really! The sun has replaced the gloomy clouds and the cool, rainy weather has given way to warm, green and wonderful. I am in full-tilt gardening mode, at this moment, and couldn’t be more excited! As you recall, last summer, David took ill and everything was dropped in order to focus on his healthcare. That means the garden I dreamed of building and working, sort of fell by the wayside and though I did harvest several batches of wonderful heirloom tomatoes, nothing else happened and most certainly, nothing else grew. My vision for what the garden COULD BE was definitely much different than what it actually became. So, as I ventured to the backyard, this past weekend, I was met with the remnants of all my good intentions, but poor practice. I’m going to have several posts in the next few days about my garden progress and how it’s shaping up, but today, I HAVE to get my tomato plants in the ground, so I’m focusing on sharing some tomato planting tips with you. Be kind. 🙂 I rarely do videos and I am a gardening-mess in this one, but I think I do share a couple of points that I hope will be useful as you get going with your own garden.
I used Pennington‘s new Smart Feed Sprayer System to water and fertilize my tomatoes, as I worked, today. It was my first time using the product and I really liked how easy it was to use. I attached the sprayer to my garden hose, loaded the 20-20-20 (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) Tomato and Vegetable tablet into the sprayer and fed my gorgeous tomato plants, as I watered them. I purchased my Smart Feed System at our local Walmart, but it can be found in several national retail chains. Pennington, is known for exceptional lawn and garden care products, and I feel like their launch of the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System will revolutionize the way home gardeners take care of their gardens, lawn and shrubs. It was so simple, no mixing or measuring and I’m excited to see the strong, healthy results in my plants. Today, I used the Tomato and Vegetable tablets, but Pennington Smart Feed All Purpose tablets and Pennington Smart Feed Flowers and Blooms tablets, specially formulated for their specific tasks, are also available. After my experience, today, I’m sure I’ll be using them all, this summer.
I’ll be back soon with new gardening posts, but in the meantime, remember these important tips for growing tomatoes:
- Start seed early, to get a good start on hearty plants. I used heirloom seeds and started them in the house at the end of January. My plants are enormous, now and already setting on blooms. This is especially cool, because our early spring weather was not conducive to gardening. It was too cold and too wet. Having the plants already started and strong, in the house, means that now that weather is warm, I will have tomatoes on schedule, or maybe even a little early.
- Use heirloom seeds. This prevents delicious varieties of fruits and vegetables from becoming extinct, ensures you know exactly what you’re getting when you harvest fruits and vegetables, and you can save the seeds from your produce, to replant next year, instead of buying more.
- When planting, bury at least 1/4 of the tomato plant’s main stem, under the soil. you’ll need to pinch off those bottom branches, so you have just bear stem. New roots will grow up and down the length of that extra stem length, that is underground. A stronger root system means stronger healthier plants, as they can absorb even more water and nutrients from the soil, as well as provide a more solid foundation that protects them from wind.
- Be sure to pinch off and leaves or branches, at the base of your tomato plant, that touch the ground, once you’ve finished planting. Blights and foliar diseases are more common when those leaves come in contact with the soil.
- For the same reason, water tomatoes at the base of the plant, near the roots, instead of showering the leaves with water.
- Determinate plants will produce tomatoes throughout the entire growing season, however they are not neat, compact little bushes. Typically, indeterminate tomatoes are vines and a trellis or caging system will be necessary for the healthiest plants.
- Use a fertilizer you trust, with a good mix of nutrients for tomatoes. Pennington Smart Feed Tomato and Vegetable tablets were the perfect nutrient for my tomatoes, as I wait for my next batch of compost to be ready to use.
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