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Basic Guide To Growing Tomatoes In Your Polytunnel

To grow tomatoes in a polytunnel, you will need to prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost to improve fertility. You should also make sure that the pH of the soil is between 6.0 and 6.8, as tomatoes prefer slightly acidic soil.

You can start your tomato plants indoors, about 8-10 weeks before your last frost date, and then transplant them into the polytunnel when the weather warms up and all risk of frost has passed.

You should space the plants about 3 feet apart in rows that are at least 4 feet apart, to give them room to grow.

Tomatoes require regular watering and should be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water them at the base of the plant and avoid getting the leaves wet to prevent fungal disease. They also require plenty of sunlight, so make sure they are getting at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day.

If you are looking to support the tomatoes you could use tomato cages or trellises. This will help keep the plants upright and off the ground, making them easier to care for and harvest.

Lastly, be sure to fertilize the plants regularly throughout the growing season, using a balanced fertilizer and also remove any yellow leaves or dead branches to maintain the plant healthy and productive.

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