This is a great video for methodical people who like drawing up lists and following step-by-step instructions. It’s also good for people who hate failure. Follow these steps and you are bound to get a great tomato crop. In the unlikely event that your crop is a flop you can always blame the US government.
The steps are as follows:
1. Pick a sunny spot in your yard. Tomato plants need 6 hours of sunlight per day, if not more.
2. Test the soil. You can use a DIY soil test kit (obtainable from your local garden center) or you can get the US government involved. Go to www.crees.usda.gov/extension and contact an agricultural Extension Officer who will come and test the soil for you.
3. Choose what tomato variety to plant by reading about them, consulting a nurseryman and or looking at what the packets of seeds say. You can plant seeds (it will take 6 to 8 weeks to get a crop this way) or transplant seedlings that you buy. If you are raising seedlings yourself, plant them in small plastic cups to start, transferring them to larger containers as they get bigger. Place them under a fluorescent light indoors to help germination and growth.
4. Till your garden and then cut a trench about 7″ deep. Add fertilizer and plant your little tomato plants up to the neck, about 12″ apart.
5. Stake or cage your tomatoes. If you stake them, secure the plant to the stake with nylon hose. Wire cages are easier because you simply put them over the plant and push the legs into the soil.
6. Water your tomato plants every day for the first week, and then 2 to 3 times a week. Do not let the soil get dry.
7. Read up on tomato recipes and get ready for a great crop. Keep the Extension Officer’s phone number handy.