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. 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. 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.)
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. 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! http://millenniumfarms.bizland.com/id9.html