Tomatoes benefit from early fertilizing

Warm-season veggies, like tomatoes and peppers, can benefit from an early season fertilizing to improve fruit production later.

grape-tomatoes-blogThe cool spring weather has been great for extending the life of my peas, but my tomato and pepper plants look downright puny. Warm-season vegetables need night-time temperatures around 55 degrees to really get growing and gardeners just haven’t seen those temperatures yet.

CSU Extension recommends that gardeners give their tomato and pepper plants a boost right now by fertilizing plants with nitrate-type fertilizers, like Miracle-Gro Tomato Plant food, some of the Peters line of products or other fertilizers that are available on the market.

However, if you prefer to grow an organic garden, you can make compost tea,  manure tea or purchase a manufactured organic fertilizer specially designed to give plants a quick boost.

Fertilizing now lets plants know it’s time to start growing, despite what the weather says.

Want to learn more about tomato growing in our climate? Get a FREE 22-page Tomato Growing Guide by:

1. Joining the Western Gardeners Club on the  Home Page and
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