I went on a bit of a spree this year and have 9 heirloom tomatoes (well, one is an Early Girl hybrid) in containers. Last year, I did 2 plants but didn't get much, because I didn't know anything about gardening!
This year, I want to do things right! The Early Girl has lots of tomatoes ripening slowly on it, a few others have flowers and one or two small tomatoes, and some are doing nothing! (except leaves of course). I know Heirlooms usually bloom a bit later and tend not to be AS prolific as hybrids, but I want to get the most out of them (I have dreams of rainbow salsa with all my different colored varieties :) )
What should I fertilize with? I've been using Miracle Gro once a week like I do my flowers but I'm sure there's something better!
How can I encourage more flowering/tomato production?
I have been watering daily in this heat (NJ), but I try to water less on the ones that have lots of fruit because I know it stresses them to ripen.
I have been keeping the bottom clear, pinching off "suckers" (the leaves that sprout in the um... crotch... of branches) and plan to take stuff off the top once there's lots of clusters, is that the right thing to do? Should I be pruning off leaves, too?
P.S. What about peppers? We got one small one but since then, nothing!