How to Plant Organic Tomatoes


Organic gardening is a heathly, eco-friendly way to grow vegetables. Growing organic tomatoes is not difficult. Start with young organic plants from a garden center or nursery, so you can avoid the problems associated with starting your own seedlings indoors. By fertilizing properly and planting properly, you can ensure healthy, productive organic tomato plants.

Step 1

Turn the soil in your tomato beds by digging with a spade. Break up clumps with a hoe.

Step 2

Add about 20 percent organic compost. Don't over fertilize your tomatoes. Over fertilizing your tomatoes can actually reduce your tomato yields.

Step 3

Dig holes for your young tomato plants. Dig the holes deep enough to plant about 1/3 of the existing tomato plant stem underground. By planting the young plant very deep, you encourage more roots to grow from the underground portion of the stem, thus creating a more solid base for your tomato plants.

Step 4

Place a stake in the ground next to your young plant and tie the plant to the stake with twine. As the plant grows, you will need to remove the twine and re-tie the plant.

Step 5

Water your plants regularly. Don't allow more than the top 1/4 inch of soil to dry out. Add 1 inch of compost every four to six weeks to the surface of the soil over your tomato plant roots to fertilize.

Things You'll Need

  • Young organic tomato plants
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Compost
  • Stake
  • Twine


  • Grow Great Tomatoes: Organic Tomato Gardening
  • Organic Facts: Efficient Organic Tomato Farming
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Keywords: organic gardening, tomato cultivation, vegetable gardening

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Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.