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Living in the woods in a hollow, we struggled for years just to grow tomatoes. There just wasn’t enough sun. But how much sun do tomatoes need?
How much sun do tomatoes need?
- Tomatoes love sun, so at least 8 hours of full sunlight to thrive and bear lots of fruit.
- Less than 8 hours and your tomato plants are likely to have more leaves and less fruit.
- Less than 6 hours and your tomato crop will probably fail.
We love the woods, so were reluctant to get rid of trees. We didn’t have a lot of time to garden either, so we put up with it, and felt fortunate to have enough tomatoes for some good ole “M&M sandwiches” (Mater & Mayo) each summer.
Then a few years ago we had a chance to buy a gardening website and took the plunge. Nothing like an investment in your future dreams to push you into it even before you think you’re ready! We love to write and we love to garden, so now it was time to cut down some of those big trees so that we could have a real garden and not just a tomato patch.
The Garden Sprawl
Since then, our garden resembles urban sprawl for gardens, as Coleman has kept adding on new sections to the garden each year, until it expanded beyond the sunny-enough spots.
Tomatoes Need Lots of Sun!
This year, it finally caught up with him. Last year too but he ignored the warning signs. What were the warning signs? Inadequate food production and the loss of too many plants to pests and disease.
We had to pull and burn some of our tomato and squash plants due to blight and squash vine borers. They just didn’t have enough sunlight to resist the assault.
That kind of thing tends to happen when the basic needs are your plants are not mets. Sun, and lots of it, along with good soil and water are the three most basic requirements.
3 Most Basic Requirements for Healthy Gardens
- Lots of sun
- Good soil
- Adequate water
Sun, and lots of it, along with good soil and adequate water are the three most basic requirements for a healthy garden.
Meanwhile, on the subject of growing tomatoes, we’re loving growing—and eating—colored tomatoes! We wondered if the different colors meant different nutrition and different acidity, and it does. So if your interested in that and info on higher and lower acid tomatoes, you may also enjoy this article.