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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 



8 COMMENTS

  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.

  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.

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