2016 is the “Year of Tomatoes” for UME’s Grow It Eat It program! Let’s celebrate this popular crop, so easy to grow in Maryland, by learning about and trying new cultivars and techniques. We have lots of resources to help out beginners and old pros alike.
It’s ok to plant tomatoes in the same spot if that’s your best/only spot. Otherwise, it’s always good to rotate your vegetable crops to different garden locations.
Having troubles with wilt diseases that live in the soil, such as Fusarium wilt? Grow your tomato plants in containers in a mixture of compost and soilless potting media, OR try grafted tomato plants- they have resistance to these diseases. Call around because not all garden centers carry them (many mail-order seed companies sell them).
If you want early tomatoes purchase early season cultivars (ripen 55-65 days after transplanting) such as ‘Early Girl’ and ‘4th of July.’ Laying down black plastic mulch 2 weeks before planting warms the soil and accelerates growth.
Don’t crowd ‘em! Most cultivars need a minimum of 18-in. between plants and 3 to 4-ft. between rows.
Be prepared to cover plants with paper bags or light blankets if frost is predicted after plants are in the ground.
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