good tomatoes

Last year we tried to grow tomatoes. They didn't do very well. My husband thinks it's our soil. My question is, what kind of soil do tomatoes need? Ours is rocky and sandy, with some soil I put in last year with cow manure. They get sun in the morning and late evening. I tie them up with string and bamboo. Still we had just a few tomatoes. We had 3 plants. Please help me. From northern Indiana.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Well I hate to tell you this, but it sounds like your plants aren't getting enough sun, and that's a tough thing to correct. Tomatoes need at least 6-8 hours of full sun each day, and the afternoon is the best, hottest sun of the entire day. If yours were shaded in the morning and had full sun in the afternoon, I think they'd do fine, but missing out on the afternoon sun is a real problem. Anyway, let's talk about the soil. Tomatoes do struggle in rocky, sandy soil. Amend your soil with bags of compost. Apply a 4-6-inch layer on the surface and then till it in or turn it all over with a garden fork (flat-tine pitchfork). You might even build a raised bed or grow in large containers so that you can really make the soil dreamy for your plants. (Dreamy soil is fertile, loose and crumbly with lots organic matter.)

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