How to Plant & Grow Tomatoes | Organic Vegetable Gardening


It’s spring, which means it’s time to plant
tomatoes. I’m Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd and I’m going to show you how. I have here
a Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye and it’s just one of the 18 tomatoes we’re growing this year
at Gardenerd headquarters. Whether you are growing in pots, in ground or in raised beds,
the instructions are pretty much the same. You want to start with really good quality
soil that’s been amended with plenty of compost and organic fertilizer because tomatoes are
heavy feeders, so they take a lot out of the soil. So the first things you’re going to
do is dig a deep hole, and you want to pull away the soil as far as you can. Get deep,
deep, deep down there. You want to dig at least as deep as the existing soil, but probably
twice as deep. I’ll tell you why in a minute. So once you dig your hole, I like to throw
in a handful of Epsom salts. Epsom salts are not salt. Epsom salts actually help the uptake
of calcium and it makes things better for your tomato plants. And it prevents blossom
end rot, which is a really good thing. I also like to put in a handful of (organic) fertilizer
in the bottom of each planting hole, and mix it in really well. And once you’ve done that
you’re ready to plant. So you’re going to take your tomato, and I like to squeeze the
pot just to loosen it a little bit. Take the tag out, ’cause you’ll lose it otherwise.
Flip it over, break up the root ball just a little bit, and stick it in. Now, you’ll
notice that this tomato is sitting well below the soil level, which is good because tomatoes
actually form roots all along the stem if you bury them deeply. So by burying tomatoes
deeply, you give them a really nice root structure to start off with. Backfill and I don’t know
to compress the soil. I let watering do that for me. But you may want to dig a little bit
of a well around the plant and place your plant marker. Now when I water tomatoes right
after planting I use kelp emulsion because it helps ease transplant shock, and it’s full
of a broad spectrum of minerals that helps plants grow. So I’m avoiding getting the leaves
wet, but that’s the gist of it. Now, the one thing I forgot to mention which is really
important especially if you’re burying your tomatoes deep is you want to remove all the
lower leaves. This one is eventually going to touch the ground so I’m just going to snap
it off. Basically I’m just going up and down and then it comes right off. You can do that
as much as you want and bury the plant as deep as you want, and then it will send out
roots all along that whole bottom of the stem. It’s the best way to plant tomatoes. So if
you are interested in learning more about growing tomatoes or other things, check out
Gardenerd.com and if you like this video, like, subscribe and share it with your friends.
Happy Gardening!

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10 thoughts on “How to Plant & Grow Tomatoes | Organic Vegetable Gardening

  1. Great advice! An Amish farmer near us told my mom that the plant the tomato in a trench with part of the stem horizontal for the same reason!

  2. What is your opinion about rusty tomato cages? ~ If we may, your text covers up your demonstration… in case you were unaware : )

  3. AnoushBotanical, we occasionally get marks on the tomatoes from rusty cages, but it's never been a big enough deal to cause alarm for us. Also – if you turn of closed captions, then the text won't cover the demo. We don't seem to have a choice as to where the cc shows up.

  4. Another awesome video Christy! Thanks for sharing!!!!! I have been an organic farmer for over 12 years now and I must tell you a tip an Old timer taught me. Spray milk(I use raw milk) at a ratio of 1:10 milk to water every couple weeks all over your tomato plants. When I started doing this my tomato and pepper yields tripled in quantity. They also seemed to me to taste sweeter. What it does is not only give the plant more calcium and other needed minerals it also helps strengthen the cell walls which help fight off fungus. It also attracts beneficial wasps that eat the larva of worms and other pests! I look forward to your next video!(-:

  5. Learn tips to plant tomatoes for success this summer! 

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