Planting Tomatoes

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If your tomato plants get too large to set out, just cut off the top go ahead and set out. It will make you have good strong vines. Just as long as they have roots they will grow.

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January 12, 2011

Keep chopped banana skins your refrigerator or freezer until there is enough to fill a blender 2/3 of the way. Add a cup of water and blend to a slurry. Place slurry into a normal sized bucket (9 litre) and fill half-way with water. Mix well and apply a cup fortnightly (every 2 weeks) to tomato seedlings and the base of growing tomato plants. The liquid contains magnesium, phosphates, calcium and other minerals. Because of it's sulphur content, it is also suitable for all brassicas (Cabbage, Cauliflowers, Broccoli etc)


Source: Experimental adapted in a new form for different plants for Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little

By Roger from Adelaide, South Australia

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June 1, 2009

I needed to plant 48 tomato plants. I knew if I bent over all that time, my knees would have a lot of stress. In the gardening shed, I spied the post hole digger. It makes the hole wider and as deep as you need for each plant.

My husband wanted to know where I got the idea and I just told him that it just seemed logical. All my plants were in the ground in less than an hour.

By Claudia Marie from Asheville, NC

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April 5, 2011

When planting tomato plants, especially tall leggy plants, in a very windy area, dig a deep hole, about twice the size of your plant and at least a shovel width wide.

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May 22, 2009

I bought a tomato plant from Lowes that already has two green tomatoes on it. If it has produced these will I kill it if I transplant it into the garden? If I can plant it in the ground any advice on how to care for it?


Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Jenifer from Rocky Point, NC


May 22, 20090 found this helpful

It will not hurt it to be planted. Water it well and deeply and it will be fine. Plant the plant the tomato deep or gently lay in the hole and bend the top upward. It will grow roots along the stem and be hardy. It would be ok to pluck the tomatoes off and let the plant concentrate on getting its roots accomplished.

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May 22, 20090 found this helpful

I have my tomatoes in large containers. If you put it in a garden, make the hole deep enough to bury the root ball and stem about 3-4" from the fruit. If it did not have fruit, you would want to bury 75% of the stem leaving only 25% above ground. The stem will generate roots, the more roots the more tomatoes. Since the plant is well established with fruit I wouldn't lay it on it's side but you could. If you choose to put it in a container, make sure the container is HUGE. Roots need lots of room.


I wouldn't pick the green tomatoes if I were you, but if you choose to, slice them about 1/4" thick, scramble an egg with a fork, and put some seasoned bread crumbs on a plate. Season your tomatoes with S&P, dip both sides in the eggs then in bread crumbs. Put immediately in a hot pan with hot oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) and fry till brown on both sides. Serve immediately. We like ours with a little ketchup. Enjoy!

One more thing, people will tell you you can pick a green tomato and ripen it in a window or paper bag. Don't do this! That makes a red tomato, but not a ripe tomato. A tomato turns red when it can no longer grow. If it turns red on the vine it has grown as much as it can and then uses the energy to make sugars. This is what makes the tomato sweet.


Tomatoes you get in the grocery are red tomatoes not ripe tomatoes because they are picked green and can't grow anymore so they turn red. Have you ever bought a tomato that, when you cut it, it has a grainy texture to it? That's because it's not ripe it's just red. That grainy stuff is what turns into sugar as the tomato ripens on the vine. Good luck with yours!

Oh and make sure your tomato gets full sun and lots and lots of water! Here's a pic of my 1st tomato this season!

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May 23, 20090 found this helpful

I think you should pick the tomatoes off as it is too early to start producing tomatoes. That way the plant will have a chance to grow more and get use to it's new enviroment.

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

There is starter fertilizer that you can use to ensure the tomato will have a good start and reduce transplant shock. I use it whenever I take something from the greenhouse and transplant into the garden. Keep the tomatoes on the vine and enjoy them when they turn red!

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When can you plant tomato plants in Arizona near Kingman?


January 28, 20190 found this helpful

You are zone 8a. Plant after April 10, the last frost date.

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January 29, 20190 found this helpful

Last frost date is after April in your zone. But you can start seedlings inside as early as February


make sure that you do keep them well watered because Arizona is a somewhat dry state

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I just ordered some tomato trees. Has anyone had these? Do they really produce tomatoes? I will have to plant them in pots as we cannot have a garden where we live, we rent. We love tomatoes and I hate paying for the overpriced "waxy" tomatoes in stores. Thanks for any advice.

By janice from IL


April 5, 20090 found this helpful

I found this online,I have never had one.
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April 6, 20090 found this helpful

I don't believe the "tomato tree" is related to tomatoes, it just has similar fruit. There is absolutely no reason why you can't grow almost any variety of real tomatoes in a pot, much easier than a tomato tree; indeed, tomatoes are a favorite for container gardening.

For guidance, may I recommend The Tasteful Garden ( My daughter ordered their container gardening equipment and starter plants - tomatoes and herbs - and was delighted with her first harvest last year. She discovered another advantage to container gardening: if you planted in the wrong place (not enough sun, etc), just move it!

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June 11, 2008

How do you plant tomatoes on hay?



June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Are you sure they are planted on hay?? I plant mine, then mulch around them with hay. I also do the same with all my vines (cucumber, watermelon, squash...).

If you put a thick layer of newspaper under the mulch, weeds don't stand much of a chance. It also helps with water usage.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Tim...there is a man named Kent Rogers in NC that does all his gardening in straw bales...I looked into the sight and we have planted 2 bales by the method he uses and they are doing GREAT. I have had 2 back surgeries and it is hard for me to weed SO this method is wonderful. I am planning on doing my entire garden this way next year You can contact him at:

Hope you find your answer and GOOD LUCK if you decide to try!

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March 19, 2014

Can I plant new tomato plants over last year's crop?

By K


March 25, 20140 found this helpful

You can do anything, but they may or may not grow well. It is best to rotate plants every 3-4 years, especially if there was a problem with viruses or pests.

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March 16, 2017

Adding eggshells to your garden and compost is a common all natural way to add key nutrients to the soil. This is a page about save egg shells for planting tomatoes.

Save Eggshells for Planting Tomatoes

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March 15, 2017

With some creativity you can protect your young tomato seedlings and get a jump on the growing season. This is a page about protecting tomato seedlings.

Protecting Tomato Seedlings

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