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Monday, April 29, 2013

Tomato Planting Basics: Preparing the Planting Hole & Planting

Tomato Planting Basics
Preparing the Tomato Planting Hole & Planting

Tomatoes and vegetables want to grow. You don't need to have perfection when planting vegetables. All you really need is a decent hole that has organic matter, fair dirt and some basic nutrients. When it comes to tomatoes, you also want to bury some of the stem. Water them  in.... and the tomatoes and vegetables will come to your plate!

Tomatoes need warm soil to get going. When you get to mostly 50 degree nights and 60-70 degree days it is time for tomatoes to go into the ground. That doesn't mean you can't get them in early and apply a few tricks to keep them warm. However, if you are just starting off with vegetable gardening, you should just wait for the right temperatures.

Preparing a Planting a Tomato Hole (Generally)

  • Loosen the soil to 12-18 inches
  • Add in organic matter to 1/2 the size of the hole (a shovel full)
  • Add in a handful of lime, eggshells or both
  • Add in a tablespoon or two of fertilizer of your choice
  • Mix everything together in the hole

These steps will get your planting hole set up. When you plant your tomato, bury about 1/3 of the stem and remove any leaves that will be buried. Water in.... and watch in grow. The stem will actually root.

The video provides the basics to planting a tomato. You don't have to follow this exactly. In fact, when I make a new planting video this year, I am sure it  will vary. There is no perfection in planting... just guidelines.

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