Mid-summer is one of my favorite times of the year; it is when the tomato harvest is coming on hard and strong. Above you see a photo that shows how my tomatoes are growing this season – ripening up nicely!
Fresh tomatoes are like manna from heaven and I could eat them right off the plant. Recently, I went to P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home for the #G2B12 event and gave a little on-camera lesson on how to plant a tomato. The secret? RIPPING RALPH’S ARMS OFF. No kidding. Watch the video to see just how we did that.
HOW TO PLANT A TOMATO –
1. Prepare the soil and dig a shallow trench about 6 to 10 inches deep. Mix an organic fertilizer and soil additives of your preference into the soil.
2. Remove the bottom branches and leaves from the tomato plant (rip Ralph’s arms off) and lay the plant on it’s side in the trench with it’s very top leaves sticking up out of the hole. By laying it on it’s side you are encouraging additional root growth to help further stabilize the plant’s root system.
3. Cover all the plant except the very tippy-top leaves in soil. Water well and keep watered regularly.
That’s it – that is all you have to do to plant a good looking tomato plant like Ralph. Be sure to place your tomato in full sun, stake well, and fertilize every three weeks or so with an organic fertilizer.
Let me know how YOUR tomatoes are growing this season!
*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that attendees at Garden2Blog 2012 including myself received transportation, accommodations and meals during the event. Event sponsors provided samples and product giveaways at no cost or obligation. All opinions are my own.