Tomatoes love calcium found in bone meal. Ours thrive on organic mushroom compost! Space far enough apart to accommodate the dense leaved branches that will need to be clipped as they reach a couple of feet tall. This will allow direct sunlight ripen the fruit. Dig holes deep enough to accommodate tomato plant atop additional compost. Sprinkle in bone meal and gently break apart roots.
Fill in the hole and build-up with mushroom compost, watering well.
If you reside in an area with voracious bunnies, you may want to give serious consideration to deer netting. A little goes a long way and it is tricky to work with, but does a good job discouraging foraging wildlife from devouring your precious plants.
We lost our 29 transplanted seedlings, mowed down to the quick by ravenous rabbits! Fortunately, tomato plants are strong and hunger for the nutrients provided in this rich, organic compost blend.
Just a few plants will yield many tomatoes to be enjoyed by all throughout the summer and into the next season. I was still harvesting tomatoes and delivering baskets to our neighbors well into November a couple of years back.
All ages can participate in this growing activity that is so satisfying for the mind, body and soul. Have a Happy Father’s Day!