How to Plant a Tomato
Tomatoes are fun and easy to plant and they are also economical because they are a lot less expensive than buying them at the grocery store.
Tomatoes are very easy to grow if you meet simple, basic requirements:
- Full sun (6 to 8 hours a day)
- Rich, well-draining, well-amended soil
- Regular water
Prepare the soil
- Mix into a 18-inch diameter area a good organic planting mix such as EB Stone Planting Compost
- Mix (at the same time) a starter fertilizer such as EB Stone Sure Start as tomatoes grow fast and produce a lot so need lots of food.
Planting your Tomato
- Dig hole slightly larger than pot
- Gently remove plant (push from bottom, don’t pull—tomatoes are tender when young)
- Place tomato plant in hole, gently fill in and firm soil around the plant
- Create a “well” with soil around plant to hold 2-inches of water
- Water thoroughly (you may need to water every other day at first)
Staking your Tomato Plant
- If you have a determinate type (bush) tomato, no need to stake
- If you have an indeterminate type (large, vine-like plant, most are this type) you must provide a support for it to grow on
- Lots of choices:
- Tomato cage (show different ones) sturdy is best
- A “teepee” made of bamboo or other wood poles
- You’ll need to tie tomato branches to support as they grow—plastic tape is best
- Can even tie tomato branches to a chain-link fence
You’ve done everything right! Get ready to harvest juicy, homegrown tomatoes with unbelievable flavor!