Tomatoes depend on proper planting more than any vegetable and if you do the right thing, the plant will give you a lot of produce throughout the summer. Planting tomatoes properly includes putting a lot of interesting things in the hole of the ground.
If you haven’t tasted a sun-warmed tomato harvested fresh from a garden, you haven’t had a real tomato. Once you do this, market tomatoes will never satisfy your tomato standards.
Luckily for you, tomatoes are very easy to grow and they are also very productive. They are heat-loving and long-seasonal plants, which do not tolerate frost, so be mindful of the weather conditions.
1. First, you need to purchase a tomato plant, which you will later transplant in your garden. If you are an experienced gardener, it will be easy to start your own tomato from seed. For this purpose, it is best to start it in a greenhouse or a sunny window indoors about a month before setting them out in your garden. We potted our tomato plant in a gallon container:
2. Find the sunniest spot to place the transplants. This is quite important because tomato plants need to be receiving full sun (7 hours or more on a daily basis). Tomatoes require lots of warm sunshine for optimum taste.
3. You need to place the tomatoes three feet apart because if you use less space, you won’t get the maximum amount of fruit. Dig a deep hole in the ground depending on the height of the seedling that you are starting with. The plant needs to be put completely into the soil and this hole is around two feet deep.
4. Next, you need to add the first thing in the hole, and that is fish heads.
You can get free fish heads from a restaurant, a fishmonger or a butcher, but if you can’t find them, you get the similar result if you have fish tails, spines, guts, shrimp, crab, or lobster shells as well. Don’t worry about animals digging up the hole, because experience has shown that it will not happen. Here is what it looks like:
5. Now you need to put a few aspirin tablets as well as crushed chicken egg shells in the hole. It might seem very odd to you, but you are doing the right thing.
Aspirin will help in the development of the plant’s immune system, whereas the crashed egg shells will give the plant calcium boost, which is helpful for preventing blossom end rot, the brown patch on the bottom of tomatoes lacking calcium. All you need is three or four crashed egg shells.
6. Next to go in the hole is bone meal. Bone meal is an organic phosphorus source, crucial for blossom production. This will help in the abundance of fruit. Bone meal also increases calcium in the tomato, and we clarified why that is important above. You will need a full handful of bone meal to put in the hole.
7. Then put two handfuls of Gardner & Bloome’s Tomato, Vegetable and Herb Fertilizer, which is an organic fertilizer for multiple purposes, containing macronutrients of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.
8. Now put a handful of pure warm castings in the bottom of the hole. This is optional.
9. The hole is now ready to put the tomato plant in. Before you put it in the hole, make sure you trim off the lower leaves and leave only the top ones.
10. Put 1-2 inches of soil on top of the things you put inside the hole.
11. Ease the plant out of the pot, and sprinkle it with 1/3 cup of this product: Xtreme Gardening’s Mykos (mycorrhizal fungi attaching to the roots, which will protect the plant from certain diseases, including verticillium and fusarium wilts).
12. After you’ve put the tomato plant, check the depth to see how far the plant will be sticking out of the ground. If it will be too far down, add some more soil before putting the plant.
13. Now give the plant a final gentle touch, but be careful not to stomp on the soil or press it too hard, because the roots also need oxygen.
14. Make a temporary well around the plant base so that the first watering is successful.
First watering is very important and it may be done several times. Three times should satisfy the plant. You also need to wait for the water to drain through. The hole needs a lot of water to wet the roots well. Here is the final result.
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