Plant a Tomato in Under Five Minutes

 

Did you know that tomatoes are packed with tons of amazing vitamins and has been linked to helping fight cancer?  Seriously!  However I grow them because I did get a thrill out of watching them grow and enjoy eating them in salsa during the summer months.  In today’s share I want to bring you to my backyard raised bed gardens and plant a tomato with you in under five minutes.

plant a tomato in five minutes
Fourth of July Tomato

The raised bed area we are planting in today is a 4’x4′ bed that I created in 2008.  I’ve been adding new compost to it each season and the soil is AMAZING!   I was very excited to find this Burpee Fourth of July variety at my local Meijer Store while shopping for socks for my son.  I love how you can find amazing veggies to grow at home just about any where these days.

Digging my Hole with Ames Tool
Insert your tomato cage in raised bed.
Ames Hand Tool
Dig Hold about 4″-7″ deep in center of cage.

Dig a hole in the center of the wire tomato cage at least 4″ – 8″ deep depending on the size of your tomato plant. It’s easy to manuver around the cage and dig comfortable with my Ames Ergo Gel Grip transplanter. 

Gentle break off the bottoms leaves on the tomato plant.

 

Plant an Tomato in Under Five Minutes
These areas will produce roots making a stronger plant.

 

Plant a Tomato in Under Five Minutes
Here it is … after removing lower branches! It’s almost time to plant!

 

Roots of a Tomato Plant
The Roots look great on this one .. I like to losing it a little before planting.

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Planting a Tomato
Carefully drop the plant into the hole. Make sure the areas where you broke off the branches are covered in hole.

 

Planting a Tomato
Cover the base of plant with healthy soil.

 

Planting a Tomato Plant
At the base of plant … it’s another world down there!

 

Growing Tomatoes is easy and fun!
Planting a Tomato Plant

Under Five Minutes With Time To Spare

There is a few minutes left to make it five minutes so lets get in that bed and put a few annuals along the border the pollinators can’t  refuse!  I’m using this little SunGold Annual that they bees love each year in my garden.  It’s a bonus plant becuase sometimes it will reseed itself.

planting for pollinators
Add a few annuals around the base that the pollinators will enjoy. I added these to the border of my raised bed.

 

completed bed
I can almost taste those tomatoes now!

[alert-note]Ask me ANYTHING!!! I want to help you grow so lets connect. Did you enjoy my planting demonstration today? I can’t wait to share my first bowl of salsa and a BLT sandwich with you in a few weeks.

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* The Ames Products in this post were donated to me this summer.  I’m really enjoying the quality and design of these tools and look forward to sharing more with you this summer.  I’ve seen these tools at local garden centers and Meijer.   You can also order tools on Amazon or their website. 

 

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