Upon waking up after a windy night, we discovered the tomato tower of power had shifted to one side. After adding some guide wires, it is now much more stable.
The plan is to put 4 tomatoes on each side, two feet apart, and one on each end for a total of 8 plants.
Step one is to dig 8 holes. We add about a tablespoon of Epson Salt to each hole. Epsom salt provides the plants with naturally occurring Magnesium Sulfate which results in greener leaves and larger sweeter fruits. This is followed by a couple tablespoons of crushed egg shell providing Calcium that will prevent Blossom End Rot. Next a shovelful of compost is added. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and compost contains a wide variety of nutrients.
The tomatoes, all indeterminate varieties, are placed near the holes. Later we will add string and train the plants upwards. The side suckers will be removed so the plants will have one main stem.
This gardening stool is a back and knee saver. It can be used as a seat, or
turned over like this and used as a kneeler. It also makes getting up a lot easier!
There is no need to remove the plants from the newspaper pots. The holes are deep enough for the plants to be buried right up to their bottom leaves. Additional roots will develop along the part of the stem that is underground.
The rain barrels are full and are close to the garden making it very convenient to water the tomatoes after planting.
We will be adding some mulch around the plants after the soil warms up a bit more. The mulch will help to conserve moisture during the warm summer days as well as keep the weeds down.
Now that the work is done, it must be time to play ball!