The first tomato! Are you picking yet?

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog first tomato 13There is nothing more wonderful than the first tomato of the season. When will you pick yours? Photo by Doug Oster

I couldn't believe my eyes during a stroll in the garden after a weekend fishing trip.

The first tomato of the season was ready!

So how did I get it? I bought a big 'Better Boy' plant about a month ago and planted it in good compost.

I've picked as early as June 15th, but that's usually 'Sungold' cherry tomatoes.

There are lots of different ways to get early tomatoes. Sometimes I start the plants in March and grow them in an unheated greenhouse until they are filled with blossom and some small, green tomatoes.

When it's a cool season, I'll buy some big plants and put them in place.

Each tomato variety is a little different. Some produce tomatoes quickly, others wait until the end of the season.

If you didn't get your plants in yet, or it's looking like you won't be picking for months, put in some big plants filled with green tomatoes.

Since tomatoes love warm soil, they will thrive.

I never plant when it's super hot, I wait until the weather breaks or if pressed will plant at the end of the day. This gives the plants a chance to get ready for tomorrows weather.

Fill the planting hole with compost , give the plants some support and plenty of water.

If you don't have room in the ground to tomatoes, the best way to grow them in pots is using a self-watering container like at Earth Box.

Here's a video that shows how it works.

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