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How do you grow tomatoes in South Florida?

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To grow tomatoes in South Florida soils, first amend your soil at least 50/50 with organic matter. The easiest way is to layer it. For a tomato plant, dig a hole at least 18 inches wide and at least 12 inches deep, to accomodate root growth. Why so wide? Because of nematodes. When growing tomatoes in South Florida, nematodes are a tomato plant's worst enemy. Nematodes hate organic matter, so the more organic matter added, the better the nematode control.

A fantastic article by Deborah Aldridge can be found here:


-- Florida Gardening 101: How do you grow tomatoes in South Florida?

It's about:
-  Growing tomatoes in our subtropical climate
-  Type of soil, pH, soil amendments, and a fantastic technique for battling nemotodes that I'm using this year myself!

As she says: "Following these instructions will make growing tomatoes in South Florida a pleasant experience, and when you taste that first vine ripe tomato, you'll be glad you tried.."

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Udut, Kenneth
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on Oct. 14 2009


More Naples gardening tomatoes notes:

Tomatoes won't blossom when it's 85 degrees out or higher.

For my tomatoes, my problems have been in past years:

nematodes

aphids

catipillers and other leaf chewers.

Sevin dust never worked for me. This year, I will try mathalon (but I need to make sure it's safe first).

I am also going to try gardening under where our pool WAS this summer, while meanwhile preparing the soil in the old garden area by:

1) mowing it down

2)rototilling and raking out old weeds + roots (where the nematodes live

3) putting down lots and lots of cheap bags of composted manure

4) setting down plastic to kill the nematodes for two months.

If I could bake the dirt, I would.
How do you grow tomatoes in South Florida? To grow tomatoes in South Florida soils, first amend your soil at least 50/50 with organic matter. The easiest way is to layer it. For a tomato plant, dig a hole at least 18 inches wide and at least 12 inches deep, to accomodate root growth. Why so wide? Because of nematodes. When growing tomatoes in South Florida, nematodes are a tomato plant's worst enemy. Nematodes hate organic matter, so the more organic matter added, the better the nematode control.

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