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!

 



58 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.

    • 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!

      • Where you grow Tomatoes & get 300 lbs tomatoes with 10 plants.
        I grew tomato plants in my small home garden, they didn’t gave me fruits. They gave flowers only. Pl guide me & oblige.

  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.

  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.

    • You really need to add as much organic matter into the soil as possible. The best is compost and mature (composted) manure. I have similar problem with the soil – native one is red(ish) of clay variety with lots of rocks in it and so on… I live in the Mediterranean and believe me that I really know what it means to have poor soil and periods with a lot of sun and no rain – your soil turns to dry and hard and vegetables are really suffering in it.
      Main problem is that this type of soil is low on organic matter wich serves as (among other things): much better water retention capabilities, home for many benefitial soil microorganisms and earthworms (king of the beneficial animals for gardeners!) and so on.
      The thing is – plants in a poor (and/or hard) soil are weak and cannot fight properly any number of deseases and pests. First thing to do is to have a healthy and rich soil to start with, and then you can add some supplements (as in the above article) when you are planting/sowing.
      I experimented a lot through the years and the best solution, and if you ask me – only solution working long term, is to put high quantities of compost and some rotten manure in your soil. Best time for it is after summer harvest and before low and freezing temperatures. Just adding fertilizers doesn’t help long term and it doesn’t help at all when your soil goes to dust or hard clump because it can not held water properly.
      Hope this helps!

  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.

    • I grind up cleaned and dried egg shells and time and I add some Epsom salt either in water or I just sprinkle it on the dirt at the base of my plants and water in. I don’t drink coffee or I’d be using that too. Mushroom compost is wonderful. To mix into the dirt when planting. I also mix in the above mentioned mixture with Epsom salts right into the dirt a few days before I plant just to let it settle in. I also rotate my crops and I have raised beds for most of my garden. Strawberries and raspberries are directly in the ground however. Hope that helps a bit. 😊

    • 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..

  10. Hi I have a tomato plant growing in my garden, but the leaves keep turning yellow and drying up. Can I use those stuff to help.

  11. I am gonna try the multi vitimin this year along with the salt, and egg shells…. but my question is do you do this for all plants ? Not just tomatoes?

  12. My Dad always used egg shells and coffe grounds on all his plants especially tomatoes and flower plants and it worked great. But I am trying to grow tomatoes and cucumbers this year and believe me I did not inherite his green thumb I usually kill plants so wish me luck lol.

  13. I grow ventanas from cuttings Boy from seed. I tal e about 5 cuttings 3 ” Long adn oír them in one golpe adn fertilidad them. One of them cuttings is liable to grow. I do the same with Crepe Myrtles trees.

  14. I have two containers of tomatoes on my porch. They are giving alot of tomatoes. I planted them in Miracle Gro and thats all. I planted some chives and thyme in with the tomatoes

  15. I have a balcony and have to grow in containers. I usually use a 5 gallon bucket from Walmart, drill holes in the bottom and I have used coffee grounds and egg shells before. In the 5 gal bucket should I use only one tomato or zucchini plant in the container or can I put in more than one. My balcony faces dead west so I get hot afternoon sun in so/cal. Thanks
    Shirley j

  16. Karen Morris I used to use Miracle Grow as well. Till I found out it’s toxic. I did use pesticides to be healthy but here I was putting toxic ingredients on my family’s food. I was try to grow food that was healthy for my family. Now I use coffee grounds and egg shells in my garden all year round. I am going to try bananas and Epson salt in between the gardening season. My ground get really hard and has clay. I just added a multi vitamin to my plants so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that that guys wasn’t a troll trying to trick us lol and that it’s NOT toxic. Live and learn with gardening! I figured if I will eat that vitamin it can’t be all bad but you seriously never know. Happy Gardening!!

  17. Years ago I read a Jerry Baker article that advised 2 Tums per hole for the calcium to prevent blossom end rot,also a bag of tea(and I don’t know what that was for) and a couple garlic cloves,whole,that will grow along with the tomato to ward off some insects. Whenever I’ve skipped the Tums,I end up with some blossom end rot,even if I forget to put it in the hole,I now make sure to lay some on the soil near the stem so the rains dissolve them and carry it to the roots.

  18. I’ve been reading here for the past hour or so trying to take on board as much information as possible and to thank all the contributors for their efforts. I’ll definitely try the tomato planting as I use them all the year round here in the west of Ireland. Thank you all

  19. hi there,I’m in Botswana I have planted half a hacker of tomato trees,I want to sell to local stores,I should I do to get a great harvest,mind you!I’m taking care of them in every way.

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