How to Plant Tomato Roots With Newspaper


Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for optimum health, and they are a popular crop among home gardeners. One of the tomato plant's natural enemies is the cutworm. Cutworms penetrate the soil's surface to cut through roots and stems. Planting newspapers around the seedling's root system can help protect them from cutworms.

Step 1

Dig a hole in the soil that is 5 inches deep and 6 inches in diameter.

Step 2

Place four pages of newspaper together and roll them into a tube with a diameter equal to the diameter of the hole.

Step 3

Adjust or cut the tube so that it rests on the bottom of the hole and extends above the soil line just 2 inches.

Step 4

Pour an inch of soil into the center of the tube. This will give it stability to hold its shape around the tomato seedling.

Step 5

Place the tomato seedling carefully into the newspaper tube. Fill in the empty spaces in the tube with soil. Tamp the soil down gently with your hands.

Step 6

Water the seedling and surrounding soil. It is OK to get the newspaper collar wet, but make sure it stays upright. Allowing it to droop to soil level will invite cutworms.

Step 7

Allow the newspaper to disintegrate naturally over time. Cutworms typically attack very young seedlings. Within three to four weeks, the tomato seedlings are strong enough to resist cutworms.


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