A Tomato Growing Venture #2; Planting Time.08:29:00
How is your tomato growing going at your place?
Its planting time in these parts. Only just yesterday in fact.
I heard the back gate rattle yesterday afternoon whilst we were sitting inside watching ABC kids, keeping cool. Geez it was so hot yesterday.
Now the only person who generally comes to our place via the back gate is Cam's dad. However, when nobody came in through the back door shortly afterwards I was left to wonder. Hugh went out to see who it was and low and behold, it was a visit from my neighbour Norm with his tomato seedlings.
It was time to plant the tomatos. Yippee!!
A simple process right?
Yes it really is simple and easy to do. There are certainly a few steps involved and a few tricks of the trade that I did not know before, but it certainly isn't hard and I was the perfect student asking lots of questions and was nodding along with the greatest of interest and intrigue.
Which brings me now to today where I can bring you Part Two of my Growing Tomato Venture; Planting time.
I took as many pics as I could to make sure I recorded every step of the process.
Here we go....
1. Give the veggie patch or pot or wherever you are planting the seedlings a good soaking of water. Norm was very impressed that I had followed all of his tips on all the soil preparations from last time and that everything was ready to go.
Here are the Mortgage Lifters and Grosse Lisse tomato seedlings. A little wilted here, struggling in the heat, but we got them in and Norm was adamant that they are going to be fine. I am happy to report that they are standing up nice and tall this morning.
2. You will need a bag of this magic potion pictured below; a simple tomato growing mix that you can purchase from your local Mitre 10 or Bunnings store. It contains a wetting agent and all the nutrients that a tomato seedling requires to grow.
3. Dig a decent sized hole. Id say probably a little bit deeper, and as just about as wide as the height of the actual seedling and then back fill a third of the hole with the growing mix.
4. Fill the hole with water and gently scrape over some of the dirt back into the hole.
These last two steps I was totally unaware of or knew about, so I was mightily impressed with it all as you could imagine.
5. Take your seedlings out of the tray or pot and be very, very careful with them. Norm told me I had to look after these plants better than I do my own kids. He really does love his tomatoes. He he!!
See where Norm's finger is pointing at the lowest set of leaves below? When you plant the seedling, it is this first set of leaves that needs to be buried just under the surface of the soil.
These leaves will eventually become roots and help the plant to grow and also provide more anchorage and stability for the plant. Norm tells me that the Mortgage Lifters are going to be over two meters tall so this will obviously be very handy by the end of summer.
6. Another learning curve on this tomato growing caper is all the protection for the seedlings that is required to protect them from the heat of the sun and also the wind.
Norm was kind enough to loan me this wind break that he had made from some offcuts and shade cloth. Genius!...and I thought I was awesome with the chicken wire fencing.
The Sweet Peas will also give the seedlings a bit of shade as they are starting out, and heck, they beautify the patch as well don't you think? Stunning!
We also pegged a shade sail over the top of the entire garden bed to also provide more shade from the harsh and very hot sun, particularly for the coming days ahead.
Its not pretty, but it'll do and I have a few weeks up my sleeve to look at and plan some sort of structure to cater for two meter high, giant tomato plants. Any ideas people?
7. Lucky number seven is to water your babies. A fine mist preferably at least over the next week as they take. Ill be watering them first thing every morning.
So have you learnt anything so far today?
I asked Norm whether they needed any other fertiliser or Seasol for example over the coming days and weeks, but he said not to bother, and to only carefully water them over the next 3-4 weeks and watch them grow.
Watch them grow baby!!
Which I guess will then lead me to the next post which looks like to be on pinching out leaves and feeding these beauties.
Cant wait to show you what I learn as yesterday afternoon really was a treat. I have the best neighbours. Ill be sure to take some pics of Norms patch and share them on the Facebook page too.
What are your tips and tricks?
What does your veggie garden look like. Come on over and share some pics over on my Facebook page as I really would love to see them.
If you missed the last Tomato Growing post, click on the link below for all the preparation details.
See you in a few weeks time for the next segment.
Thanks for visiting today.