Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes

IMG_0144  It is time to get your tomatoes in the ground.  I recently learned a new way to plant my tomatoes from the tomato expert in our area.  His method allows you to have a much longer growing season and therefore get more produce.                                                                                                                                                                   IMG_0145   Dig your hole about 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide.  Mix in your organic minerals.  Strip off the lower leaves from your tomato plant and plant it.  Put mulch around the base of the plant.  This keeps in moisture and deters weeds from growing.                                                                                                                                             IMG_0146  Cover the tomato plant with a 5 gallon bucket.  Put a “Kozy Koat” (I will put a link to where you can purchase these at the bottom of this post.)

IMG_0148   Fill the chambers with water.   The red “Kozy Koat” attracts the sun and warms the water, keeping your tomato plant much warmer that the air outside.                                                                       IMG_0150  Put the tomato cage around the tomato.  I like these sturdy square tomato cages that can be used year after year, and they really hold up well when the tomato plants become heavy. (I will add a link to the bottom of this post as to where you can buy them.)  Wrap the tomato cage with cling wrap, like Saran wrap.  I like the cling wrap that I get from my local restaurant supply store, it comes in 24″ rolls and is much clingier that the cling wrap that I bought from Costco.  If your cling wrap doesn’t cling well, be sure to wrap some packing tape around it to keep it wrapped.  Poke a couple of holes in the cling wrap to allow air to flow.

It does look a bit alien, but it works great.  I planted my tomatoes in early April.  My tomatoes were almost 3 feet tall and loaded with blooms by the first of May.

I love comments.  When you try this, let me know how it went and what you think of the process.


Here is the link to purchase Kozy Koats and sturdy tomato cages.  Check out his website for great organic planting tips.  He is Genius!


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One Response to Planting Tomatoes

  1. Michael Stucky May 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    Great examples of our Double Greenhouse Technique, Renee!

    It is really important that all tomato growers have their plants in the ground immediately if they haven’t already. The weather in September, with the transition from strong El Nino to a La Nina, historically brings a week or two straight of rain, unlike the 1 or 2 days of rain after labor Day we’ve had the past couple of years. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, melons and other thin-leaved vegetables will get blight or mildew when left wet and cold overnight for two or more days – thus ending the harvest. So, to guard against getting shut out from harvesting your large, luscious heirloom beefsteaks, get them in the ground early, as Renee shows you here, and plant as large a plant as you can. One of the nice features of the Kozy Koats is that you can put your plants out with them WAY BEFORE you think it’s safe, like the first of April, because they protect the plants down to 16 degrees, so you will never have to worry about frost harming your plants ever again.

    The other nice benefit, by using this technique, is you’ll get 2-4 weeks more harvest. This technique helps the plant achieve critical mass of its roots in the fastest way possible, providing more time to harvest before our NW fall weather brings harvest to an end.

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