Transplanting Your Tomatoes

Transplanting tomato plants into your vegetable garden from smaller pots doesn’t require too much effort, but you will want to dig a fairly deep hole, from 6 up to 12 inches deep. That’s because tomatoes are one of those more unusual plants having hairs along its entire stem that can form roots if submerged into the soil. So it follows that the deeper you bury the plant, the more robust the root system you will let the plant establish.

Now it goes without saying that your garden soil should be fluffy and adequately composted so the plants can establish themselves easily and have more than enough nutrients to draw upon for optimal growth. If you have a lot of clay in your soil remember to add some sand and a lot of organic material from compost and manure and peat to let it drain better.

If the young plant is very pot-bound, that is, has a lot of roots with nowhere to go, make sure you gently break them up and loosen them before placing it into the hole. Set the soil in around it firmly but not too tightly. What’s good for fence posts isn’t necessarily good for tomato plants.

Mound the dirt up around the plant’s base in a circle about 6-8 inches away from the stem. This helps to hold water near the tomato plant. I really liked the tomato cages he uses in the video here — concrete reinforcing cages with plastic conduit pounded into the ground as an anchor. Inexpensive AND slick. I’m going to try this myself in my garden. Check it out on the video here.

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