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Old 06-15-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
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Planting Tomatoes In Hay Bales

My grandma taught me how to do this & it's the only way I have ever planted tomatoes.


Take a rectangular bale of hay & leave the strings around it, if you take them off it will fall apart & your tomato plants will fall out. Make 2 holes in the top of the hay & fill each hole with a good potting soil mix. Place a small tomato plant in each soil filled hole just like you would place them in the ground, making sure to fill in around plants with enough soil to cover roots. Water well & fertilize as necassary. As the plants grow, tie them up or place a tomato cage around each plant. Planting tomatoes this way reduces how often you have to water them & when the growing season is over, you just remove the tomato plants & place the hay in your compost pile or use it to protect plants for the winter.

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Old 06-15-2005, 03:59 PM   #2
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What a cool idea! I bet it looks pretty cool too. How deep of a hole do you make?
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:01 PM   #3
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How many can you plant in a bale?


Thanks so much for posting this!
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:03 PM   #4
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I try to make my holes the same depth as the container that the plants came in. Does that make sense?

I normally get 2 plants per bale. I tried 3 one year & it was a big mess.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:07 PM   #5
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The containers I get mine in are usually only an inch or so deep. I am guessing yours are a bit deeper. Maybe 6 inches or so might do it? What do you think?
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Yeah, 6 inches sounds about right.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:12 PM   #7
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Thanks Crewsk. I am going to try this next year
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I hope it works for you GB! I had one tomato plant year before last that I didn't tie up or anything & it got huge. You couldn't even see the bale of hay the plant was so big. It produced some wonderful tomatoes also.
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wow crewsk what a neat idea ! i just brought my tomato plant back to life... got to see if i can find a bale of hay now
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:38 PM   #10
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I live in a condo. I'm lucky enough to have a cultivated area behind me so S. O. can plant some flowers along with veggies and herbs.

We are very rules and regulations bound here and the chairman of the Board of Trustees and I disagree on whether or not vegetable gardens are allowed. I say they are and plant tomatos, peppers, rosemary, thyme and basil. She doesn't complain because I'm also on the board (and because the property manager agrees with me).

I can imagine what her reaction would be if I bought a bunch of hay bales and stuck my tomato plants in them! She'd probably go into cardiac arrest or have a stroke!
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