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[Tomato Dirt #225] Avoid These 10 Deadly Tomato Transplanting Mistakes
March 18, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 6

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.

Testing, Testing: What’s in Your Garden Soil?

Nutrients, pH, moisture level: what’s up in your garden? Find out before you plant so you can amend your soil. Take a look at soil test kits used by gardeners like you!

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FEATURE: Avoid These 10 Deadly Tomato Transplanting Mistakes

It’s all well and good to grow healthy tomato seedlings. But deadly tomato transplanting mistakes can cost you the entire crop. Here’s the dirt on the biggest tomato transplanting mistakes to avoid.

Mistake #1: Ignoring the forecast
Even if it’s past your last frost date, check the 10-day weather projections. Cold evenings or a series of rainy days are not good for newly-planted tomatoes.

Mistake #2: Breaking the roots
Overwatered seedling root systems have a tendency to break. Moisten soil only lightly before planting tomatoes, but be sure not to overwater. Then carefully remove seedlings from cups or cells. Heavily-moistened soil will fall away from roots, damaging them. If a plant is root-bound, gently work to loosen the ball and spread roots out ...

Read about the other transplanting mistakes to avoid… and check out our Tomato Seedlings board on Pinterest for more helpful and inspiring ideas.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Harden Off Tomato Seedlings for 7-10 Days

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Gear Up for Healthy Transplanting

Tomato Tone and other tomato fertilizersIt’s good to be a drip! Soaker hoses for tomatoes Dig it: garden trowels from Fiskars and others

More About Transplanting Tomatoes

What to Look For When You Buy Tomato Plants How to Harden Off Tomatoes for the GardenHow to Plant Tomatoes in Containers How to Pick the Best Home Garden Spot for Tomatoes

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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