2. Make sure they are getting a lot of sunlight. They need about 10 hours of light each day.
3. When your plants are just seedlings, fan them. If you live in a breezy area, you might not need to. This will help develop strong stems.
4. Hold off on mulching them until they’ve had a chance to get bigger. Add compost to them every few weeks.
5. Water deeply, and infrequently. Soak your tomato bed once a week, or every five days at the height of summer. Water directly on the soil, not on the leaves. This makes it so that you don’t get those black spots.
6. When your plants are 3 feet tall, remove the bottom foot of leaves. These are the oldest leaves, and the most likely to develop a fungus. This will keep your plants healthy.
7. Prune your plants. Pinch and remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches. They won’t bear fruit and will take energy away from the rest of the plant. But go easy on pruning the rest of the plant. You can thin out a few leaves to allow the sun to reach the ripening fruit, but it’s the leaves that are photosynthesizing and creating the sugars that give flavor to your tomatoes.
Harvest your tomatoes when they are ripe, but not too ripe. They are mealy if they are too ripe. Good luck with your tomatoes this year!