Porous Pipe for Drainage
Watering and Feeding.
|Below are the materials for a 10' long Tomato Garden. You can complement
your garden by planting your favorite herbs surrounding the perimeter.
* Ten feet of plastic drainage pipe
* A Cap and an Elbow for the pipe
* 5 Eight Feet High 2x2 non treated Stakes
* Coated Wire to attach to the Stakes
* Organic Soil, Perlite and Peat Moss
* 6-9 Tomato plants
Tomato Stakes with Coated Wire
A well thought out garden, will protect you from all kinds of potential
hazards. A garden with excellent drainage will give you optimal results
even if during the growing season you experience too much rain or drought
Your drainage system, insures you that the roots get the proper amount
of water at all times; plus, it provides an excellent way to feed your
plants. Constant moisture, with the excess water draining off, will prevent
the number one problem for tomatoes - Blossom End Rot. Wet and Dry periods
for growing tomatoes creates diseases that can be easily avoided.
The materials in the picture below can be purchased at your local hardware
store and used for many years.
Basic Supplies for a 10' Garden
Basic Planting Procedures
1. Select an area that gets full sun.
2. Mix organic humus with your soil.
3. Make sure you have excellent drainage so the root system will not
rest in water.
4. Before inserting the plant in the hole, take the heads from a pack
of matches and throw them in the hole along with eggshells.
5. Try to make your soil porous by mixing Perlite, Peat Moss and Organic
Humus. Making your soil porous improves drainage and root growth; thus,
creating a healthier plant that will produce a bigger and better tomato
6. Also take a tablespoon of Epsom salts and sprinkle around the hole.
The above steps will help prevent blossom end rot, a common problem with
7. Bury the plant at least 50% of the plant’s height.
8. Each plant should be spaced 18” to 24” apart.
9. Stake your plants with a sturdy, non pressure treated, 6’ high stake.
Your plants will grow a minimum of 6-7 feet. Remember you can prune tomato