This Bizarre Trick Is The Secret To Growing Big, Juicy Tomatoes

Growing your own tomatoes can be extremely rewarding, especially if they turn out delectably juicy. However, if your homegrown tomatoes aren't turning out how you want them to because of inadequate nutrition or low temperatures, you may be looking for a solution. Luckily, there's an easy tip for growing the best tomatoes, and it involves fish heads. Yes, you read that right. Fish heads could be the trick to making your tomato plumper and juicier than ever. 

Though it may sound more than a little weird, the science behind why this growing trick works is relatively simple. When fish heads decay, they release nitrogen and other key minerals like calcium and phosphorus into the soil. This will support your tomato plant by giving it more nutrients, which in turn will encourage better growth and produce incredibly juicy tomatoes. All you need to do is bury some fish heads in the soil (frozen or dried are also fine if you don't have access to fresh), and let them do the work for you.

Using fish heads for better tomatoes

Before you jump in, there are a few things you should know about this trick. First of all, you'll need to bury the fish head deep in the soil so that critters won't dig them up. Aim to bury your fish heads one to two feet deep. This will also help to prevent an unpleasant odor. When you have buried the fish head, add your tomato plant into the hole, fill it back up with dirt, and wait for your tomatoes to flourish!

As for the types of fish you should use for this trick, salmon, trout, and sardines are the best options as they are high in fatty acids, but really any fish will do. Timing is also important, as tomato plants start to grow in spring, so burying your fish heads during springtime will ensure the plant is getting the fish head nutrients from when it first starts to grow. 

If you'd really rather not bury a fish alongside your tomatoes, or you're working with plants that are already in the ground, try using some fish fertilizer instead, like those from Neptune's Harvest or Liquinox.