Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 4
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
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FEATURE: Get Your Garden Ready for Spring with These 5 Easy Steps
As growing season approaches, spend some time preparing your garden for tomatoes, vegetables, and other crops. The dirt is to be their home. You can help make it as welcoming as possible.
- Till the bed
Begin preparing your soil by cultivating the bed 8-10 inches deep with a garden spade or tiller/cultivator.
- Cover the soil so it warms
Tomatoes like warm soil. Even if air temperatures start to heat up in the spring, it takes the dirt awhile to catch up. You can help prevent transplant shock by covering your tomato plot with sheets of black plastic, which absorbs heat from the sun and accelerates the warming process.
- Test the
Take a simple soil test of your soil to know how to amend it.
- Note the pH
Tomatoes grow best in slightly acidic soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 – optimum is between 6.5 and 7.0. If your soil’s pH isn’t within that range, make proper adjustments.
- Amend nutrients
Check soil test results for an even balance between nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, all necessary for strong tomato production. Evaluating nutrients will go a long way in preparing your soil because you will know what you need to add.
Get more helpful details about preparing your vegetable garden soil - plus check out more tips for preparing your garden on our Pinterest board.
Best Tips for Growing Tomatoes
Really - That Many Kinds of Seed Starting Kits?
Deep-root growing kits … quick start seed kits … special potting mixes.
Yep, there's a kit for that! See for yourself.
We love how you can get replacement parts for seed starting trays, too. Our good friends at Gardener's Supply have all kinds of seed starting gear and will answer your questions, too.
Tomato Growing Tip: Use a DIY Soil Test Kit – It’s Easy!
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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.
Get Your Garden Ready the Easy Way
More Garden Prep Tips
That’s it for now. More next time.
Until then, happy gardening!