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Prepping Your Soil to Transplant Tomatoes - [caption id="attachment_1070974" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption...

Prepping Your Soil to Transplant Tomatoes - [caption id="attachment_1070974" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption...

Tomatoes are members of the nightshade family and, being natives of the South America, generally like conditions hot and dry. If you live in a warmer climate, you may already have tomato transplants growing in your garden. In other parts of the country, it will soon be warm enough to transplant. Here are some tips for preparing and managing your tomato beds for maximum efficacy. Test the Soil Like Robert Hendrickson says in The Great American Tomato Book , “Gardening without a soil test is like building a house without a blueprint. It can be done, but it’s harder and far more time-consuming in the long run.” Tomatoes prefer a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.8 and need adequate amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium. Test kits should be available at your local garden shop, or send a soil sample to a lab such as the University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Nutri...

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