- In cool climates, you can get a start on your tomatoes early by raising seeds in trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix. They can be transplanted to the garden or pot when the weather is warmer.
- A layer of mulch will help retain moisture in the soil.
- In fruit fly-affected areas, begin applications of Yates Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control while fruit are still small and before they have changed colour.
- To help prevent Blossom End Rot (when the bottom of the fruit looks sunken and rotten), apply fast acting Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite at planting time, which will help ensure a sufficient supply of calcium. The tomato is still perfectly fine to eat, simply remove and discard the affected parts.
- If you didn’t apply lime at planting time, it’s not too late to do it during the growing season.
- Certain tomato diseases are carried in the soil, so choose a different spot each year (avoid planting in the same part of the garden for at least four years).
- When buying tomato plants or seeds, look for varieties that mention disease resistance.
Commons Pests of Tomatoes
Caterpillars, Aphids and Whiteflies find tomatoes irresistible. To help control them in your garden, spray at first sight with Yates Baythroid Advanced Garden Pest Insect Killer Ready to Use Spray. Spray foliage thoroughly, including the undersides. This product works by contact action, so good coverage of insects is essential.