Start by hardening your transplants for one week before planting them into your garden. Plant your organic tomatoes in soil/compost that is rich in nutrients. Give the plants at least 1 inch of water a week. A deep soaking is better than several light waterings.
Spacing between planting holes depends on how you grow your tomatoes. If you're going to train them on trellises, space the seedlings 2 feet apart. If you plan to let them sprawl out, space them 3 to 4 feet apart. To train your tomato plants on stakes or in cages, install the supports before planting.
Tomatoes have a range of possible pests and diseases, but plants that are grown in rich soil, and those spaced and supported correctly usually have very few problems. Your biggest pest problem will be the Tomato Hornworm, a large, white-striped, green caterpillar. The Hornworm is easy to spot, so just hand pick and destroy.
Harvest once tomatoes start ripening. Be sure to check the vines daily in order to harvest fruits at their peak freshness. Cut or gently twist off the fruits, supporting the vine at the same time to keep from damaging it.
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