Two Australians (one sounds like a South African though) have written a definitive book for the home tomato grower, entitled “How to Grow Tasty and Juicy Tomatoes”. The book by Lucia Grimmer and Annette Welsford looks like a beautiful production and you can order it at www.bestjuicytomatoes.com.
This 3:20 video begins with an interview with Michael Morton, who used the book to perfect his tomato growing skills. Then the two ladies show how to plant seeds in trays, how to transplant them into a container or the soil, and how to treat them after that.
Unlike most growers, they advise you to place the seeds far apart on a bed of seed starter mix and then sprinkle sand over them. You water that lightly every two days until you have seedlings. You transplant the plant into a container, with a deep hole for the plug. Use seaweed emulsion or or fertilizer, and mulch the soil. Water every couple of days at the cooler time of day. Blossom end rot indicates poor watering or a calcium deficiency.
It will take 60 – 120 days to get the first fruit, depending on the variety. It’s worth it, says Michael Morton.