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Sweet Tomatoes – Baking Soda in the Soil is the Trick

Use Baking Soda to Get Sweet Tomatoes

Home grown tomatoes are nothing at all like those that you buy in the stores. Even the vine ripened ones can’t compare in taste to the sweetness of those you grow yourself. Here is a neat tip to get the most sweet tomatoes each year.  Put normal baking soda to use.  (affiliate link)

Just sprinkle a small amount baking soda (less than 1/4 cup per plant) on the soil around your tomato plants being careful not to get the soda on the plant itself.  (you can also use 1 tsp in a gallon of water and water the plants that way!)

 

The baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers the acidity levels.  This will give you tomatoes that are more sweet than tart. 

Sweet Tomatoes - Just add baking soda!

Be careful with young tomato plants and be sure to test on one plant before you try it on all of them.  If your soil is already quite alkaline, you could alter it too much by adding too much baking soda.

Sprinkle the baking soda on the soil when the tomatoes are about 1 inch in diameter and then again when they are about half grown.

You can also do this with canned tomatoes when making sauce if you like. It will sweeten them without having to add extra sugar (and calories!)

Another use of the baking soda and tomatoes it to make an organic spray to treat tomato fungal disease.

Combine 1 gallon of water with 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Stir and add 1/2 tsp of castile soap.  Spray this solution on the foliage of tomato plants until the fungal disease disappears.

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Can also try this Tip

 

 David Wolfe's photo.

My tomatoes have not got long to go but nice to know these tips for the next lot.

Thanks will send that to a friend

Peter is going to try the tips thanks Sandi.

About to buy tomato plants this week.

Already have some in Phyl, but intend getting some more in this weekend.  Been too cold here until this week.  Put my first lot into big pots where I could cover them with big plastic bags against the cold and wind.

This lot can go out into the garden.  I do like having some of the cherry tomatoes in pots near the back door, so I can just nip out and pick them.

I thought maybe adding baking soda would destroy some of the nutrients in the tinned tomatoes, but it turns out that it is neutralized by the acid in the tomatoes. See the following

https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2013/09/28/does-baking-soda-destroy-nutrients-vegetables/CIrZPOc5Fyxc5JEzs04wdM/story.html

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