Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. It's spring and the last frost has passed its time to get tomatoes in the garden.
So wether your going to plant your tomato plants directly in the ground or in your garden beds or in a container like this its really important to plant them very deep and you notice these little tiny hairs on the main stem of the plant these are going to develop into the roots. Before putting the plant in the soil I'm going to snip off all these lower branches you'll have a healthier more productive plant overall if the tomato has a chance to develop a large root system. Your going to gently squeeze the pot, pop out the plant, fluff up the roots just a little bit, put it in the hole. Now that my little tomato plant is planted I'm going to water it with kelp extract which comes as a liquid concentrate or a water-soluble flake. Kelp is a fast-growing seaweed full of natural growth hormones and micro nutrients and it helps reduce any transplant shock.
This is a determinate tomato and even though it wont grow as tall as an indeterminate tomato its still going to need some staking so a small bamboo stake and some staking tape is all you really need. So if your going to plant directly in the garden you want to make sure and plant them just as deep as we did in the container also you notice the spacing these are about three to five feet apart and these are indeterminate variaties and it may seem like a lot of spacing but they're going to need it because they're going to grow all season and spread out. We're also going to talk about support and fertilizing and protection from the late frost. I'm going to top dress the plant with a little bit of Azomite. Azomite is a great source of calcium and tomatoes need calcium to prevent what's called blossom end rot. This Azomite is a great source of calcium and fifty other trace minerals. I want to protect this plant from any late frost a great way to do that is with this little "Wall O Water" its actually like a little mini greenhouse.
So after there is no more danger of frost and the plant gets a little bigger I'm gonna support it with this tomato cage. Another pretty neat invention is this tomato crater it fits right around the tomato plant and it does a few things it will help conserve water and it will prevent the cutworms from getting to the stem and study's have shown that because of the red color it will also boost production. Your going to put this on after all danger of frost is over. An easy method for supporting your tomato plants is this Hortonova trellis and you just pull it over the bed in a horizontal fashion and the tomato plants can grow right through it. You can also put it in a vertical fashion and use it for beans or peas you can just attach it with a zip tie. So you have probably noticed i have a semi permanent structure here made out of bamboo to support my tomato plants you can also use the bamboo to make a little teepee and support each individual plant. No matter how you plant them no matter how you support them you're sure to enjoy your home grown tomatoes. Grow organic for life!