Tomatoes in the desert…

So believe it or not tomatoes can be grown in the desert…After following procedures of course!

  •  First off you need to be wary of how long your outdoor growing season for tomatoes are generally between 55 to 90 degrees F.
  • Growing smaller/wilt resistant tomato varieties are key; cherry, sweet 100, Earlypak, yellow pear
  • Begin growing indoors around January and transplant around March
  • Grow outdoors in a warm,sunny, and moist (most importantly)
  • Using a cover or growing with sunflowers to shade will increase moisture substantially
  • Make sure to water deep in the ground and DO NOT over water

Great Companion Plants for tomatoes:

  • Basil: repels aphids, controls pests
  • Chives
  • Garlic: repels bugs
  • Onions
  •  Marigold
  • Mint: improves flavor/growth
  • Carrots

All of these companions prove to be useful in an assortment of ways

Check out this link for a whole table for companion planting! 


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