The Tomatoes are planted. (both of them)

We are supposed to have a day and one half with out rain and the grass is too wet to mow so I planted my tomatoes. Another attribute of gardening in a soil less mix is you can plant right after a rain and not ruin the soil. In this photo, I have dug a trench about 6” deep and about 10” long. I add about a hand full of garden tone and a tablespoon of Epson salts and mix them into the soil. Then I will trim the bottom leaves off for about 8” above the root ball and lay the plant horizontally in the trench. p5060222

 

I temporarily tie the plant to a stake until it grows upright on its own. Then I will install the tomato cages after any danger of frost is past.p5060223

 

As usual, all comments are welcome.    John

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8 thoughts on “The Tomatoes are planted. (both of them)

  1. I got most of my tomatoes planted. I was going to use Epsom salts, but forgot. I did toss in some ground up eggshells, which may or may not provide them with calcium…depends on whose blog/website one reads. Heck, I ran out of eggshells so I smashed up a couple of oyster shell calcium tablets and tossed them into the holes! Your tomatoes are looking way better than mine, but you have a greenhouse, and I don’t .

    Granny

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  2. Some of my post disappeared! I guess I cant use insertion marks in the comments! That should read “Your tomatoes are looking way better than mine (insert jealous look) but you have a greenhouse, and I don’t (end jealous look) .

    Granny

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  3. The Epsom salts are for magnesium and I doubt if you need any additional in the PNW
    Your tomatoes are looking way better than mine (insert jealous look) but you have a greenhouse, and I don’t (end jealous look)
    Lay a guilt trip on your son John, tell him about the difficulty of child birth. I bet you would get a GH in no time. 🙂
    John

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  4. Yeah! Tomatoes! You’ll be having tomatoes before you know it!

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  5. Nice toms. Can’t wait to plant all mine out. I still have that pesky thing called harden off to do…

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  6. engineeredgarden

    John, those are some nice looking plants. I have also included a small amount of epsom salt in the soil mixture for my tomatoes. I’ve heard that it keeps the lower leaves from turning brown – then drying up.

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  7. Boy, those onions sure look good! We can’t plant tomatoes outside just yet… (zone 4) another few weeks!

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  8. Thanks Tessa, Dan, EG and Toni.
    Toni, those are winter onions, they should take Zone 4 winters easley.

    John

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