Difficulty: easy Cost : A dozen euros for 6 plants in pots in a garden center Tools required : - A grelinette or spade - A small shovel - A few nettle or comfrey leaves - Gloves - A pruning shears - Poles (and if necessary a mass, if the soil is hard) - Tomato stalks
Step 1: Loosen
The soil must be previously amended with homemade compost or well-decomposed manure. If you are planting for the first time, do not focus on this step, it promotes the development of future plants, but it is not essential. With the grelinette, stir the soil deeply without turning it over, so as to encourage deep rooting of the roots, where they will fetch water when they need it.
Step 2: Dig
Make a hole of about twenty centimeters, as wide as it is deep. If you have a lot of feet to plant, don't hesitate to use the spade.
Step 3: Fertilize
Take some nettle leaves and shred them at the bottom of the hole. Nettle is used as a fertilizer. By decomposing, it will promote the growth and health of the plant.
Lightly cover the ground nettle with fine earth.
Step 4: Plant
Take out the plant and place it in the hole, gently, because the tomato plant is fragile and breaks easily.
Bury the start of the stem by laying it down to promote the formation of new roots. The tomato will be able to take advantage of it, once the heat comes, to find the water it needs. Cover the plant and pack the soil well around it.
Step 5: Water
Form a small bowl at the foot of the plant. It will serve to contain water during watering. Then you will only water when the need arises.
Water the young plant copiously, without touching the leaves, by filling the bowl. If you water too often, the plant will leave its roots on the surface, and will dehydrate more easily under the effect of hot weather. In addition, abundant watering will adversely affect its taste quality.
Step 6: Tutor
Plant the stake and push it about 30 centimeters. Remember the position of the roots to avoid damaging them.
Attach the plant to the stake with a piece of raffia, loose enough not to hinder its growth. You will repeat this operation as it develops.
Step 7: Adding up
Gourmands favor the foliage to the detriment of fruit. They must be removed regularly. The gourmands are the small stem departures between the mother stem and the daughter stems as shown in the photo. To do this, pinch the base of the rod to be removed between your thumb and forefinger, and pull.
Step 8: Decorate
Now why not plant a few flowers between the rows? Carnations from India will do the trick. Avoid planting it all around, keep an access to approach your tomato plants.
By supplementing with mulching (dead leaves, straw, grass, bark, etc.) you will regulate weeds (unwanted weeds), but above all, mulching will limit the evaporation of the water contained in the soil. If you do not want to mulch, practice regular hoeing which will also limit the evaporation of water.