Love Apple Farms: Tomatoes Each plant should have about 7 main steams (14 for cherry tomatoes). Pick off any suckers (shown in picture) that come off these main stems. This will increase air flow, increase tomato size and decrease disease.
To prevent beetles and other insects from destroying your tomatoes, create a mixture of one gallon of water, six drops of liquid soap, and two tablespoons of crushed hot red pepper powder. Spray this solution on your plants weekly.
12 Top Tomato Tips (from Birds & Blooms): The rule of thumb is that you'll need two tomato plants for every tomato eater in your household. But if you plan on canning, four per person is more accurate.
Growing peppers. Peppers hate nitrogen/commercial fertilizer. Wait until plants flower before fertilizing. Then spray leaves with 1 tsp of Epsom salt to 1qt of water (peppers need Magnesium to set fruit). Peppers also enjoy small amounts of potassium (wood ashes).