March 25, 2010
FYI, if you didn't get the announcement, 1-quart size 'Sapho' tomatoes are in stock at North Haven Gardens right now. Quantities are limited and it's a one shot deal!
Get these babies in the ground now! Feed your tomato plants with an organic granular (slow release) vegetable food at planting time. Then, once plants start setting baby fruit, start feeding plants every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer, such as liquid seaweed/fish emulsion, Hasta Gro or the like. Both of those also make excellent foliar feeds and can cut down on spider mite infestations.
6-8 hours full sun is a minimum requirement for tomato plants. Keep tomato plants consistently watered throughout the growing season. They do not like to dry out between waterings. Soil should be consistency of a wrung out sponge. When you let them dry out too often, you'll encourage a number of problems such as blossom end rot, spider mites, fungal diseases, etc.
We get a second shot on tomatoes in our climate, so don't forget to plant your fall tomatoes in late June-mid July.