Caring for summer tomatoes no dig, no feeding

9 thoughts on “Caring for summer tomatoes no dig, no feeding

  1. Hi Charles
    I am so very inspired by your videos, thanks so much for your help and all the effort you have put into these. The production music and editing is also amazing. Thank you so much! I started a veg bed outdoors last year inspired by you and no dig. Harvested lots of kale squash chard spinach peas 🙂 Sutherland kale and the giant+pink chard produced on into the winter and spring to my surprise (plants are amazing!)
    The polytunnel gave lots of tomatoes chillis herbs etc which were all in pots. This year I am planning to put plants in the ground in the polytunnel and am spreading organic compost today in fact 🙂

    I wanted to ask when do you put tomatoes into the ground in the polytunnel. I am in Herts and have just started some tomato seeds indoors. Also can most tomato plants be grown outdoors without cover and if so when would you recommend putting them in the ground?

    Charles I can’t thank you enough! I so look forward to your videos. and hope some day I can visit Homeacres and have a peek around if you do visiting/educational days or as part of a course!

    Kindest regards
    Raj

    1. Hello Raj, and well done, and great you are inspired.
      In your area it’s probably best to wait until after the middle of May before planting out frost sensitive plants such as tomatoes. Even in a poly tunnel, there is a small risk of damage and they grow more strongly when it’s warm.

      Outside, towards the end of May is normally a good time for transplanting tomatoes.

      Hope to meet you!

      1. Hi Charles
        Thanks for your reply and help! I will do as you said. I am looking forward to all of your coming videos – they are fantastic!

        Kind Regards
        Raj

  2. Do you ever plant your tomatoes out in the garden on the beds that have cardboard underneath 6 inches of compost? I am struggling with the concept of shallow soil, stabilizing the plant and keeping the soil wet enough. I live at 49 degree lat in the interior of British Columbia, Canada where we can grow tomatoes outdoors

    1. It’s actually very rare that I use cardboard, only in year one when there are many many weeds to smother, so this would be a rare event. Nonetheless this will work because as long as the card is moist, tomato roots can pass through it and into the soil below. Tomatoes in 2013 here were excellent, with cardboard under the compost.

  3. Hi,
    If you bring tomatoes on from seed, do you prick out the little plants, or simply thin out to the best plant, and then plant on the entire root once large enough?
    TIA 🙂

  4. Hi Charles
    I grow tomatos and cumumber in large buckets in the greenhouse in normal bought soil I feed with tomato food or comfrey. I dont see any mention of you feeding yours do you?
    Thank you
    Diane

    1. Hi Diane, and you are right I don’t, but I am growing them in soil and therefore they have a bigger root run. Yours do you need that something extra! This year I am trialling a few feeds just to see.

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