4 clever tips to help you grow a bumper crop of tomatoes this year

As the weather gets warmer, gardeners everywhere are planting vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

And social media is filling up with clever tips about how to get your dream harvest. For example, a lot of people have trouble growing tomatoes, but with some of the tips going around this year, it’s actually easier than many think.

Read up on these four tips and you’ll be ready to grow a whole bunch of sweet, juicy tomatoes to use in summer salads and on burgers. And don’t forget to share your new insight with your friends after you’re done reading!

Plant tomatoes sideways

Tomatoes grow vertically, but a smart trick is to plant them horizontally. Why? It helps the plants develop a better root system, says mhpgardener. Dig a trench and lay your tomatoes sideways in the ground, making sure the leaves at the top are above ground. Your tomato plants will grow vertically and their extensive root systems will make your tomatoes flourish.

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Sprinkle baking soda on the soil

Baking soda works miracles in a bunch of different areas—including growing tomatoes. When your tomato plants are about an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, sprinkle 4 tablespoons of baking soda on the soil around them. (Be careful not to sprinkle the plant itself). Then, repeat the process halfway to harvest. The baking soda will lower the acidity of the soil and make your tomatoes taste like heaven.

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Keep the birds away

It’s not just us humans who know that tomatoes are juicy and delicious—birds also love tomatoes. A tip to keep your feathered friends away from your prized tomatoes is to put out a small bowl of water, says California Gardening. This way birds can quench their thirst without pecking your tomatoes—and you’ll finally have them for yourself!

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Plant overripe tomatoes

Another brilliant idea for growing an unlimited supply of tomatoes is to use… overripe tomatoes! Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of throwing them into the trash, you actually get some use out of your rotten tomatoes by using their seeds to grow new plants, says the Wannabe Homesteader. Slice up your old tomatoes and throw them onto a pot of soil, and then cover the slices with more soil. Next, water them sporadically for seven to 14 days, and watch them grow. Replant the biggest plants and you’ll be well on your way to a huge summer tomato harvest!

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Growing season is just getting started. With these tips in your back pocket, you’ll impress your friends and acquaintances with your yummy tomatoes.

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