A picture showing a tomato seedling in a tray
NB: The number of tomato seedlings to be planted on the bed was planted according to the size of the bed which was measured by using hand forks.
Watering tomato plants
This was a daily activity which was very important. It was so important that it had to be done every day except on rainy days.
Water was taken to the field via watering cans which were filled from a nearby tap. When watering the plants, the cans were to be a certain height level from the plant to prevent the plant from being damaged. When the soil seemed soaked a stick was used to turn the soil (plough) so that the water can pass though the soil.
NB: most tomatoes from other beds died as a result of water logging – where by too much water was given to the plant.
This was done from the day of transplanting until the day of harvesting, monitoring the plant for an update on their conditions – meaning noticing if the plant is suffering from any disease, making note of changes happening to the plant, when certain processes were to be taken place e.g. pruning, and make records of stolen produce.
NB: observations were not done on weekends.
Application of Fertilizer
This activity was to apply fertilizer (NPK) to the tomato plants. The band application method was done in applying fertilizer to the tomato plants.
Weed bed, pruning and staking
Weeding was done due to the extensive amount of grass growing upon the bed throughout the past weeks. This was done manically by the use of hands and sometimes a hand fork to prevent the bed from being overcrowded with weeds. After this was done the tomato plants were pruned, meaning the tomato suckers, or side shoots, that appears in the crotch between the stem and a branch were removed. If left to grow, they will become another main stem with branches, flowers, fruit and more suckers of their own.
Harvesting and Marketing
Harvesting was done in preparations for marketing. Most of the tomatoes in the field were ripe. The ripe and half ripe tomatoes were picked by the stalk, washed and bagged then were taken away in boxes for sale.