Project Guide

When to Plant Tomatoes

1
Select Varieties

Select early varieties adapted for warm climates with strong stems and lots of flowers.

2
Plant in Full Sun

Plant in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day.

3
Space Plants

Space plants 2’ apart.

4
Dig a Hole

Dig a hole 6”-8” deep and 6”-8” wide for each seedling.

5
Fill with Compost

Fill the hole with 3” of compost mixed with a handful of organic tomato fertilizer.

6
Remove Bottom Leaves

Remove the bottom leaves on each plant, leaving only two sets of leaves at the top.

7
Place Plant

Place the plant in the hole and fill with soil up to the remaining set of leaves. Push dirt against the stem to prop it up.

8
Mulch Roots

Cover area around roots with 1” of mulch.

9
Water Well

Water well. Keep water off lower leaves to prevent disease. Tomatoes need 2” of water per week.

10
Stake or Cage

Stake or cage each plant, pushing the support firmly into the soil.