Before you consider planting tomatoes, it’s very important to know the average last frost date for your area plus the current daytime and nighttime low temperatures.
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Where to plant tomatoes
Finding a sunny location is the most important consideration when planting tomatoes. Eight hours of direct sunlight is ideal.
Here are a few ideas if your location is sunlight deficient:
Plant tomatoes near a reflective wall.
Plant tomatoes on a southerly or southeasterly slope.
If growing tomatoes in containers, rotate the containers to sunnier spots if possible.
Step-by-step guide to planting tomatoes (source: GrowGardenTomatoes)
- Choose your sunniest location.
- Fertilize the soil a few days before using tomato fertilizer.
- Moisten the soil if it’s very dry.
- Remove any blossoms from seedlings.
- Space plants 12- to 18-inches if staked, 3-feet apart if unstaked, in rows 3-feet apart if staked, 4-feet apart if not.
- Make a 3- to 4-inch trench, remove leaves and bury 6-inches of stem in the trench, or upright if transplanting from a larger pot.
- Fill the trench with soil then water with a fertilizer solution.
- Place a label marker near the plant to identify the variety.
- Prepare to use frost protection practices if cold nights threaten.
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