Add Planted Places organic material to potting soil, ensuring healthy and vibrant tomato plants!
Time to get some gardening gloves on! Let’s plant tomatoes!
We are shipping you everything you need to grow tomatoes, including the tomato! The only thing left that you need is a 1.5 cubic foot bag of organic potting soil. Time to run to the local nursery! Unfortunately, plain soil does not supply enough food to the plants for the whole season, you need soil amendments! You will be receiving these amendments alongside your tomatoes. These are things you add to your soil base to make it full of food and microbial life for the roots to take up, as well as building the structural composition and integrity of the soil. Let us get into the soil additive details!
The following three items are to be mixed into the potting soil.
Tomatoes use so much food within the soil to grow properly, they are what we call heavy feeders, actually one of the heaviest feeding plants in a garden. Tomatoes just like humans need a very wide range of nutrients in the soil. Tomatoes actually feed on over 60 different trace elements, thankfully worm castings deliver just that to our soil! Worm castings are packed with over 60 different elements and minerals tomatoes need to thrive and produce the most fruit possible. These castings deliver tons of micro bacteria that feed on the matter with the soil and turn it into something the plant’s roots can absorb and use for growth. Without beneficial bacteria, all the food within the soil has a hard time even being utilized. Lastly, the castings hold natural growth hormones that trigger fast healthy root growth which in turn will encourage the leaves and fruit of the plant to grow strong and prolifically!
Planted Places Fertilizer Mix
Our organic fertilizer delivers a wide range of plant food to the soil in a sustainable, slow-release manner so that our plants have all the food they need for the season! This not only delivers food for the roots to absorb but will also feed the life within your soil! Soil should is alive and full of Microorganisms, Fungi, Bacteria, Protozoa, Nematodes, Beneficial Bugs, and more! All of these are beneficial critters in a soil’s ecosystem, and they need to eat too! Without these microscopic organisms, our plants would have a really hard time taking up any plant food. Even if you feed your soil with organic nutrients, the plants won’t be able to absorb it if the beneficial microorganisms were not present. Microorganisms consume matter within the soil that plants can not utilize and turn it into readily available plant food! Creating more organic material as well as aeration due to their movement in the soil. So here at Planted Places, we always remember to feed the plant and soil biology through our fertilizer!
This is to be sprinkled on the roots on the roots of our tomato plant before planting.
Mycorrhizal Fungi, pronounced as My-Core-High-Zal has become a staple in Planted Places gardens, and we will use it again for tomatoes small and large! Tomatoes need a lot of food within the soil and a wide range of it. Worm castings and a special blend of fertilizer mix to get that food stored within the soil for the tomatoes. Now, Mycorrhizal fungi come in as a key player in the uptake of these nutrient additives. Sprinkle directly on the roots of the plant, and this beneficial fungi gets to work! They attach themselves to the roots of the plant and begin to populate, creating a web-like structure that extends through the entirety of the soil. This cotton ball-like structure then begins collecting all available plant food and brings it back to the roots of the plant to be taken up through the plant structure for proper plant growth and higher fruit production! The roots then emit sugars back to the fungus as energy so they can continue the work they are intended to do. When we add mycorrhizal to the roots of our tomato plants we will see better use of plant food leading to larger plants and more fruit production. We are so thankful to be able to send this symbiotic relationship alongside your tomato this spring!
Organic Potting Soil
Need more soil? Our organic living soil mix is rich in nutrients and organic ingredients such as biochar, azomite, worm castings, alfalfa meal, and other nutrients. Available in 6, 12, and 18 pots variants.