Put These 8 Things in Your TOMATO Planting Hole For The Best Tomatoes Ever

Do you want to grow the best tomatoes in taste and size? And want to have a bumper harvest? Then put these things in the hole before planting your tomato plant!


The homegrown TOMATOES are so delicious, and when you pick them fresh and eat, the delightful taste you get is just unmatchable. Better than store bought fruits. The thick, juicy, plump, sweet, a bit acrid and so satiating– the tomatoes are one of the first fruits (vegetable, if you say) everyone wants to grow from the beginning of the gardening season.

1. Baking Soda

It works and really a good trick (especially when you’re growing tomatoes in containers) if you want sweeter tomatoes. Simply sprinkle a small amount of baking soda around the base of your tomato plants. The baking soda will be absorbed into the soil and lower the acidity levels, thus, giving you tomatoes that are more sweet than tart.

2. Fish heads

fish head

Fish heads have been used as a natural fertilizer in the garden for a long time. Their popularity with tomato planting is not a myth that needs to be busted. It works! Their decay releases nitrogen, potassium, many essential trace elements, calcium and phosphorous. The only problem with burying fish heads is that critters may dig them up. To avoid this, bury deeply, at least a foot. You can drop them into the hole whole or use groundfish scraps which you can mix with water(2 cups) and milk(1 cup) for a supercharge solution. If you want to read more on this, here’s an article in detail!

3. Aspirin

Drop 2-3 aspirin tablets in the hole either whole or ground; this is to boost plant immunity, it also helps to ward off diseases like blight and increases the yield. The salicylic acid, a compound in aspirin is the reason why it works. You can also spray plants with the solution contain this drug. If you want to read more about ASPIRIN uses on tomato plants in detail, visit DailyMail UK.

4. Eggshells

Eggshells boost the calcium content in the soil. And just like us, Calcium is one of the most important components that plant needs for growth. Here’s a very educative article if you like to read, it also helps to prevent blossom end rot.  Whether you’re planting tomatoes in the garden bed or containers, you can always put eggshells before planting.

Also Read: Eggshell Uses in the Garden

5. Epsom Salt


Tomatoes suffer from magnesium deficiency that is why it’s a good idea to add 1 or 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt while transplanting the seedling in the bottom of the planting hole (both in containers or garden bed). Cover this with a thin layer of soil; this is to make sure that roots are not directly touching Epsom salt.

Epsom salt must be used when growing tomatoes; it can do miracles. Read why you should use it here!

Also Read: 13 Great Epsom Salt Uses in the Garden

6. Kelp Meal

Kelp meal is rich in micro-nutrients and trace elements. It provides complete nutrient for plants, the addition of kelp gives tomatoes a turbo boosted start. Slow-release kelp fertilizer contains the tomato with sufficient nutrient over a period which prevents the plant from experiencing shock as is with the use of excess fertilizers. One cup-full of kelp meal is adequate for the plant at the time of planting. If you want to read more about kelp fertilizer, click here!

7. Bone Meal

Similar to kelp meal, bone meal is also an addition to the tomato hole during planting. A handful or cup-full of bone meal is essential for a blossoming and quality fruits of the tomato plant since it provides the much-needed phosphorus nutrient which is one of the most vital components for healthy tomato growth.

8. Used coffee grounds

coffee grounds to the planting hole for tomato

Add well-composted coffee grounds to the planting hole when transplanting tomato seedlings to improve soil composition and provide a source of slow-release nutrients to your plants. It is an excellent source of fertilizer and can be used even as a mulch. We have written a comprehensive guide on coffee grounds uses, take a look!

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Do you want to grow the best tomatoes in taste and size? And want to have a bumper harvest? Then put these things in the hole before planting your tomato plant!



  1. I have a tomato plant grown in my container garden….can I add the above things to its soil now after it already about a feet tall????

  2. Hey cool article. What I do, if it’s any help, is plant my seedlings in egg shells, after I hav used the egg of course. Is a cool little container for a seedling and when it is ready to go into the ground just break up the bottom a little so the seeds can grow through and then you don’t disturb the roots too much and you have your source of nutrients. Hope this helps a little.

    • I did this last year also! But I didn’t know about all the rest till now. Except Epsom salt. I read another article last year that I wish I hadn’t tried. It killed everything in the garden around AND INCLUDING what I used it under! If you use Epsom Salt that is in mineral form (unless you have know of a plant that has survived roots sitting in or too close too the salt) may i offer a suggestion to read and follow her directions with a layer of dirt between the root and the salt. Not a sprinkled layer, but I tried 1-1/2 inches dirt between new plants and salt and one inch with my existing transplants and salt. My existing plants are used to a spray of e.s & water to strengthen their stems and get a little in the dirt too. So they have been exposed to it for some time. Just wanted to post so no one else goes thru that sadness & disappointment. I love my gardens. That was heartbreaking. Thanks for your time!

  3. I harvest about 300 lbs of tomatoes each yeare from 10 plants and I do use eggshells coffee grounds. My biggest booSt however was when a friend told me to throw one adult multivitamin in each hole. I buy the cheapest mega bottle and use it now in every planting hole in my 1/2 acre garden. My plants are double the size they use to be and more flavorble.

  4. Aspirin? Please don’t poison the clean soil with drugs, use permaculture principles, make and use compost instead to “boost immunity” and yield better crops.

    • Or maybe as an alternative to aspirin you could open a capsule of White Willow Bark Extract. White Willow Bark is where aspirin came from (although slightly different when synthesized) and works in the human body to curb inflammation, just like aspirin does. It’s my choice for managing inflammation by taking a 500 mg capsule two or three times per day.

  5. You know there are tomato fertilizers out there that will do the job so you don’t have to round up all these ingredients and hope they will work. As for adding vitamins…..that’s stretching it a bit. Years ago I had a spot on my property where I burned leaves and brush every year. Then I decided to move my garden to that very location. For several years I grew the most amazing crop of tomatoes ever. I was stunned but I learned later that it was the potash from burning that turned my normal toms into supertoms. Nowdays, I always make sure my garden gets all the potash it needs. Try it this spring.

  6. this is all very interesting. growing up in hog country the garden at my dads house was an old barn yard and at my second house was an old barn yard and boy did these little pieces of earth grow vegetables, especially tomatoes. since, we built a house in a in an old hay field, clay ground super hard after three days of sun. the first couple years the garden did OK, the last 5 years i have tried many things and the tomatoes get a blight. i put the garden in different areas of the yard. i have taken soil samples to the fertilizer service. i am thinking about a way i can put hog manure from my father in laws hog barns and work it in the soil to give the ground some staying power. any thoughts on this. i will also try some of the eight items from this article.

    • It is better to grow your tomatoes under a hoop house. The rain splashing is what bothers your plants. Be sure to orient the house into the prevailing winds. You don’t even need ends on it.

  7. I don’t think doing all things at once is advisable. You might add too much nitrogen to the soil. I think as in all things (even watering), moderation and balance are key.
    Sarah from littlepatiogarden.com

  8. I’ve read a lot about just putting some nettle leaf.
    Apparently it’s a very good natural fertilizer.
    I’m also making water manure myself with nettle leaf. I’m surprise we don’t hear much about it in US. Apparently nettle can’t easily be found? (here in France , we have A LOT)

  9. One other benefit to epsom salt is it helps to break down clay and alow plants to access the water better. Do not over do the salt. If you do, gypsum will help counter along with some good manure. Be careful using hog and chicken manure as they are very rich and contain a high salt content.

    • Lantanas grows wild in parts of the world that never freeze. It’s possible you are using seed from hybridised plants that will have a much lower germination rate. Try putting the seeds in moist soil, then letting the soil dry out for 2-3 weeks before starting to water again..


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