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[Tomato Dirt #102] Don’t Mulch Your Tomato Plants Too Soon
April 28, 2016

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 6, Number 8

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FEATURE: Don’t Mulch Tomato Plants Too Early!

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Once you set your tomato plants in your garden, it can be tempting to make the plot look nice by adding mulch.

Resist the temptation to mulch your tomato plants. Wait until the soil has warmed – about 3-5 weeks after setting plants in the garden.


Tomatoes like heat. The soil needs to heat up as much as possible before adding layers.

Early in the season, the ground is still cool (especially in northern regions or where the temperatures dip at night). Mulching traps in the cold. If you mulch early. you'll also delay blossoms, which delays fruit development, which leads to a later harvest.

Bottom line: wait …or you’ll be waiting extra long to eat fresh tomatoes.

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Until then, happy gardening!

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