Wait until daytime ground temperature reach at least 65F-18C and night time temperatures no colder than 50F- 10C before planting
Types of Tomatoes
Sometimes called bush tomatoes these plants require no pruning and produce fruit at the end of the stem one time only.
Roma tomatoes are an example of a determinate tomato.
This type of plant is commonly called a vining plant and needs a support for it to twine around as it grows upward. There are several types of supports on the market. You can find more information on tomato supports on our tomato cage page.
Indeterminate tomatoes can grow as high as five feet or more and is the most common type of tomato grown by gardeners.
As you add layer after layer, don't squash the material down to make more room, this will result in depletion of air the microbes need to produce good compost and you will end up with smelly compost.
Peanut shells, shredded cardboard, and newspaper, are also a great source of carbon organic material.
Accidental Over Watering Compost
If you accidently over water, you can rectify the situation by adding more brown material to absorb the extra water. However, as the days get hotter even green organic material begin to dry out. You will eventually have to add water to your bin, but remember each layer should only be as moist as a wrung out sponge.
It is a good idea to let your finished compost sit for two or three weeks to make sure the decomposition has stabilized.
The use of newspapers and mulch is a great way to suppress and kill garden weeds. Unlike the use of chemicals, once the weeds are gone you can plant extra vegetables by moving the mulch aside and plant through the newspaper.
Synthetic or Weed Blocker
Over time weeds may eventually emerge to the surface of any synthetic weed blocker. Should this happen remove the weeds by hand or use an organic or chemical weed spray. The few garden weeds that do manage to come through are easily removed and shouldn't take much of your time.
When you use weed control be careful not to spray your plants. It's the garden weeds you want to kill, not your vegetable plants.
Be Careful with Chemical Spray
I cannot overstate these two important vegetable garden tips.
When using a chemical spray, cover the area around any existing vegetable or flower to protect them from receiving any chemical spray or residue, and keep pets and young children away from the area.
Chemical Herbicides are Poison
Always make sure a chemical herbicide container is clearly marked poison and easy to read, and if there are any left-over chemicals after use, be sure to dispose of the solution according to the manufactures instructions.
And now on to more vegetable garden tips.
Weeds and Your Lawn
We haven't as of yet written an article about lawns, but as we're discussing weeds, we decided to include this note in our vegetable garden tips.
Keep your lawn well manicured by mowing regularly to prevent weeds from flowering and producing seeds. And don't use a weedwacker to remove weeds especially if they have flowered.
You can use the same type of fertilizer for traditional gardening or raised bed gardening, just make sure the soil pH level is suitable for growing tomatoes or any other vegetable. Most garden centers sell a kit to check your soil pH level, or you can take a sample from your garden and have it sent for testing.
Your neighbor's will love these tips.
If manure odor is a problem, you can also purchase steer manure which has been deodorized.
If you purchase natural manure, mix thoroughly into the soil or cover with a layer of top soil so as not to attract flies and also to eliminate the smell.