How to Grow Tomatoes in a Raised Garden Bed

Tomatoes perform well in raised beds like other vegetables, especially in rainy periods. They are sensitive plants that respond quickly to excess moisture levels and waterlogging.

This year, the rains have been abundant and you all know what happens to the tomato plants after the rains. High cases of blight and extreme soil moisture-related diseases, low supply, high demand, and skyrocketing prices.

Tomatoes perform well in soils with deep, fertile, well-drained soils with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. You can grow local varieties like Rio Grande Starke Ayres and Isi Sementi and hybrid varieties like Ansal, Shanty, Kilele F1, Star 9068 F1, Zara F1, and Terminator F1.

Growing in raised beds enables you to create a controlled environment for your tomatoes to grow without having to amend your soil. It’s an interesting gardening method that makes you produce more effectively and optimize irrigation efforts more easily. If you have been in a flower farm or production zones of herbs like gypsophila, you might have an idea of how beds are prepared or spaced.

Grow Tomatoes in Raised Garden Beds

Tomatoes take between 50 to 120 days from planting to harvesting depending on the variety. Most take 75 to 90 days to mature. However, you also need to factor in management practices and climate conditions.

In raised beds, the soil tends to warm faster, giving your plants the right conditions to grow. They allow you to garden even on difficult soils where drainage is poor as well as on a terrace. You can drain excess water more easily.

How to Choose the Right Size of the Bed?

A raised bed should be at least 12″ tall to create room for adequate drainage and give your plants’ roots enough room to grow. Also, the beds should not be too wide as they will become more difficult to manage.

They should not be more than 4 feet wide and should be accessible on both sides. Having a width of 4’’ makes it easy to access the bed’s center from each side, something useful during weeding, spraying, and harvesting.

Soil and Fertilization Needs

Healthy soil is the key to successful gardening. Tomatoes grow in well-draining, fertile soils. When preparing the beds, you should soften the soil to keep it in the right condition. Mix the topsoil with well-decomposed manure or compost.

Avoid hard-packed or heavy soil that lacks organic contact. Compacted soil may reduce root development. Test your soil to determine the nutrients available, texture, and conditions. This will help you tailor manuring and fertilizer applications.

Optimize irrigation

In raised beds, overhead irrigation may not be the best option. You need something that doesn’t splash water on the leaves. Drip irrigation is an excellent watering method in raised beds that will save you from soil-borne diseases.

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Even if the rains are still here, you need a strategy that will scale up your watering efforts. Say goodbye to wasted water and hello to healthier, juicier tomatoes. Mazero irrigation systems deliver targeted hydration directly to your plant roots, ensuring optimal growth and maximum yields.

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