Very happy to get the majority of our tomato plants in the ground today. There are two small ones I’ll grow on a little more and we need more waratahs. That takes 2 or 3 days as we have to wait for notification with the Click and Collect system.
The main thing that I was happy about is how good the root system of the plants was. They were not as big as I’ve had them in the past, but the First Quarter moon phase is a good time to plant tomatoes and it is warm enough now where we are. So I took the punt that the plants’ root system would hold together as I planted them and it did.
The bed most of them were going into was full of spent crops, so out they came and onto the biomass pile for the next hot compost.
Then, and most importantly, I forked through the soil to aerate it. Soil becomes compacted during winter with the heavy rain. Oxygen in the soil is vital for plants to move water from the root to the leaves and it’s also important for the soil life to make organic matter into plant food.
Next I applied gypsum which adds calcium to the soil (especially important for fruiting plants), chicken manure and rock dust (our Natures Organic Fertiliser).
The recipe was completed with an topping of compost – some homemade and some bought (I splashed out on a Revital one).
Mix it all through with your fork in a wig-wag action and you’re ready to go.
I placed my plants out then pushed the waratah stakes in with our nifty post driver.
Then planted the plants nice and close to their stake. But first I added a little more gypsum and some neem granules (to counter a psyllid attack) in the planting hole. The process was completed with a nice drink for each plant.
Just sowing basil and marigolds (their companion plants) now.
Got the potatoes in for their last soak and they’ll be planted next week.
Enjoy your week in the garden!
From Jan and Rob.