Tomatoes are something I grow each year. I usually start my tomato plants from seed and when they have grown a little tall for my cold frame, I transfer them over to the garden beds. If you are new to gardening you might be wondering how to plant tomatoes? Deep planting of tomatoes is one way, I like to plant my tomato plants.
Instead of just digging a hole deep enough to place the root ball of the tomato plant into, I like to dig a deep hole. A hole deep enough to fit almost the whole plant into. I do this for a couple of reasons.
The first reason is to help the plant establish a really good root system. The second is I think it makes for a much stronger plant. Since I’ve been planting either by the deep planting method or the trenching method I have had good success with growing tomatoes.
Below I made a quick tutorial video of how to plant tomatoes deeply. It’s a quick video just a couple minutes long. If you would rather read about this technique for planting tomatoes, just scroll on down.
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How to Plant Tomatoes, Deep Planting
First I prep the soil by adding some organic fertilizer and mix it in. Then I dig a hole deep enough to actually hold almost the whole height of the plant. I only want the top few leaves of the tomato plant to be exposed, once I have the plant into the hole.
Next, I take off all the leaves up to the very top. Taking the extra leaves off before planting will help to promote extra roots to grow. I usually just throw the extra leaves and stems into the hole too.
I will then add about a tablespoon of powdered milk to the bottom of the hole. Then I line the hole with a banana peel. The banana peel helps to supply the tomato plant with potassium, since I learned this I always add a banana peel to the hole.
Then take the plant out of the pot or container and place the plant down into the hole. I squish the plant down a little into the hole and then fill it in with dirt. You want the soil all the way up the plant stem to the top leaves.
Sprinkle with a little more powdered milk and give the plant a little water.
That’s all there is to planting a tomato plant deeply. The second way I like to plant tomatoes in the garden is by the trenching method which I will be adding a video post about that next week.
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What method do you like to use when planting your tomatoes?
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