Plant Your Summer Tomato Garden in March

If you are looking forward to enjoying homegrown tomatoes this summer, you will want to plant your garden soon.  According to the LSU Ag Center, March is prime planting season for tomatoes and many summer vegetables.  Early planted plants produce more and higher quality tomatoes.

Seeds

  • To grow tomatoes from seeds, you should plant between January 1 and March 15 and expect to yield tomatoes in about 100 to 115 days.  Seeds should be placed about 1/8 inch into the soil.

Plants

  • If you plan to start with plants, you should plant between March 1 and May 1, and expect to yield tomatoes in about 60- 75 days. Plants should be placed 1.5 to 2 feet apart.
  • If you choose plants instead of seeds, make sure you start off with high quality plants. The plant should be stocky with deep green leaves and a stem that is thick enough to support the plant. The roots should be white and some soil should still be visible when you remove the plant from the pot. The plant should also be actively growing and has not bloomed yet.

Select a spot where your tomato plants will receive full sunlight, which is direct sun for eight or more hours. Tomato plants prefer well-drained and fertile soil and they should be watered regularly. Trained your tomato plants to stand upward by tying them to a stake, which will help you save space in the garden and keep tomatoes off the ground.

Are you growing tomatoes or other vegetables this year? Tell us about it in the comment section!

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