How-To Video: Planting 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!