Tomato Propagation & Processing
Resources for the propagation, harvesting, safe handling, drying, preserving, and recipes containing tomatoes.
Bernalillo CountyCooperative Extension Service
1501 Menaul Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505- 243-1386844-409-0562 (Toll Free)
Growing and Harvesting Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes in the home garden may present many challenges: Insects, diseases, water stress, heat stress, nutrients, soil, humans, pets, other pests all affect plant growth. Once successful, many options are available for processing a harvest. See the publications listed below for more information relating to the most common issues and suggested solutions.
Presentation: Guidelines for Growing Terrific Tomatoes Comprehensive overview of the tomato history, varieties, cultivars, diseases, soil improvement, fertilzation, management, and harvest to develop a home gardening strategy. 2014.
Webpage: Choosing Tomato Varieties Consider the pros and cones of Bush-type (determinate) and Vining (indeterminate) varietes. From "Growing tomatoes in home gardens" page by University of Minnesota Extension.
Book: Down to Earth. A Gardener's Guide to the Albuquerque Area
Knowledge and personal experiences of many Albuquerque gardeners. 486 pages. Answers to commonly asked questions. Includes month-by-month, zone-specific garden maintenance and troubleshooting advice. Visit the Albuquerque Garden Center Library, 10120 Lomas NE (Click for map), or purchase a copy from one of these Vendors.
Circular 457: Home Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico .
Other select information on Growing Tomatoes:
NMSU Horticulture Publications Fruits, Horticulture - Plant Science, Landscaping, Lawns, Nuts, Ornamentals, Pests, Plant Diseases, and Vegetables
July 2002: What s Killing My Tomatoes? Tomato hornworm is often the biggest tomato pest but the hardest to see. The five-inch, green worm is relatively plump and blends well with foliage. July 2002 Issue, from the Southwest Yard & Garden series
Article: Tomato Disease
"Extension Plant Pathology" - News You Can Use. Color newsletter detailing Early Blight and Phoma Rot diseases. By NMSU.
Guide H-106: Curly Top Virus Causes, Hosts, Symptoms, Transmission, Disease Conditions, and Disease Management. Reissued May 2006.
Guide A-231: Blossom End Rot
Causal Agent, Hosts, Symptoms, Conditions For Disease, and Management. Revised February 2013.
Guide E-323: Salsa Recipes for Canning
Revised August 2015.
Guide E-306.: Preserving Tomatoes At Home Revised November 2014.
Book: Tomato Recipes