Just got back with a beautiful batch of organic tomato plants (their names and descriptions were so intriguing, I had a tough time walking away without buying one of everything).
Murph added our home-aged compost we call ‘Black Gold’ to the soil, and tilled to incorporate it well. We pulled lines for each row, leaving enough space for walking and weeding. With my trusty hoe, I mounded the soil of each row, and spaced plants about 18-24-inches apart (good air circulation is important).
When it comes to planting tomatoes, I learned a couple of tricks from my Dad – my gardening guru.
- Before planting, it’s important to break off the bottom leaves on the plant to promote growth.
- It’s best to place each plant on its side (I know this looks weird but it really works), and cover the roots well with soil. The plants will rise to reach towards the sunlight, and the stem underground will naturally take root and give the young plants a more stable foundation to grow on. This always made perfect sense to me, because by August these plantings would become top heavy with branches and fruit.
Once planted, be sure to water well. As far as staking goes, I wait until their growth really kicks into gear, and with jute twine I gently tie branches to bamboo hoops that I stake well into the ground.
Now I let nature do its thing….