Planting tomatoes in the ground: three ingredients to put in the hole for a bountiful harvest

By Andrii MaistrenkoJun 21, 2024 09:08 AMGarden
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Planting tomatoes in the ground. Source: gardenerspath.com

When planting tomatoes, it's important to take the necessary steps to ensure their health and productivity. To give tomatoes the best start and prevent diseases, SSPDaily advises adding a secret ingredient to the holes.

It is known that tomatoes are quite temperamental plants that require careful attention and care. By properly preparing the soil before planting, you can expect excellent results.

To begin with, when fertilizing your garden in spring, it is best to avoid using mineral fertilizers, with the exception of granular superphosphate. Tomatoes especially need phosphorus throughout their growth cycle. About three weeks before planting, adding 300 grams of bone meal per square meter to the bed or watering the soil with an infusion of poultry manure a week before planting can significantly increase the nutrients.

On the day of planting, make sure the soil is moistened with a dilute solution of potassium permanganate for additional disease prevention. The key is not only the pre-planting preparation but also the specific ingredients added to the planting hole itself.

One of the recommended additives for tomatoes is wood ash. Rich in potassium, it should be added at a rate of 100 grams per planting hole. Additionally, after planting the seedlings in the ground, sprinkling compost or chernozem on top helps enrich the soil and further supports healthy growth.

Interestingly, onion husks play a dual role as they act as both a protective barrier against pests and diseases and a source of essential substances that repel the Colorado potato beetle. Adding them to each planting hole can promote vigor, health, and pest resistance.

Also, consider adding crushed chicken eggshells. In addition to providing nutrients to the vegetables, they also have the remarkable ability to accelerate growth, giving your tomatoes an added advantage.

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