This is a repost from my post last year on how I plant tomatoes. I always have good luck with my tomatoes (watch what happens now that I’ve said that!) and this is how I do mine so maybe if you’re having some issues with your tomatoes, you might want to read through this. One note: I always say I’m going to plant less tomatoes. I see that I planted 30 last year and I think I have 40 to plant this year! 🙁
Peppers, cucumbers, parsley and a few other things still need to be planted but 30 tomatoes got planted yesterday.
Most everything I need for good, healthy tomato plants! There’s egg shells, aspirin, bone meal, fish fertilizer and Osmocote.
After I dig a big hole, I throw in a handful of bone meal, 5 or 6 crushed egg shells, a tablespoon or two of Osmocote and 2 or 3 aspirin, depending on the size of the tomato I’m planting. I stir all this up into the bottom of the hole before sticking the tomato plant in there.
The bottom few “branches” of the plants are cut off so I can plant it very deep in the ground. The fish fertilizer is mixed 4 tablespoons into 2 gallons of water and the hole is filled about half full of the mixture, and the plant is stuck down in that. After a few minutes, the plant soaks up some of the liquid and some of it drains into the ground. Then I fill the dirt in around the plant.
That fish fertilizer says wintergreen oil has been added as a deodorizer. I’m thinking they might need to add a little more wintergreen oil. My entire garden smelled like a pogey plant yesterday.
For weeks I’ve been shredding cardboard boxes. I only use the portion of the box without print. Several inches of shredded cardboard is placed around the top of the plant.
Several inches of mulch is then placed on top of the shredded cardboard.
I love my garden!!
I didn’t get all the cardboard and mulch down but I did get them all planted and staked.