Monday, February 1, 2010
Although you don't necessarily need to plant your tomato plants in neat rows, the tradition of planting a row or two of tomatoes and then a row or two of something else is a tradition that courts disaster. It is not a natural kind of plant growth and pests will be attracted.
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A better way to plant tomatoes is to intersperse your tomatoes with something they like - so called "companion plants". As an example, tomatoes and carrots are excellent companions. By planting carrots between tomato plants, both will benefit and fewer pests will invade your garden.
Tomatoes crave warm weather and should have eight or more hours of sun a day. They are sensitive to cold temperatures. The average nighttime air temperature should be 55 degrees F or more and the soil temperature should be at least 55 degrees F to 60 degrees F. If you expect lower temperatures, be sure to cover your tomato plants. Tomatoes also need plenty of consistent watering and nitrogen.
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