Some homeowners have poor soil and a small area to start gardening. However, this is not a big problem because many available methods you can try and one of them is hay-bale gardening, enables you to grow tomato plants. Growing tomatoes in hay bales have benefits such as won’t over-water your plants since the materials quickly drain any excess moisture. Let’s learn how to start!
1. Prepare hay bales and then, put them for two or more layers end to end in a row. You have to set up the bales so the baling twine can goes around the sides of the bales.
2. You have to watering the bales daily before planting or three days before planting the tomato seeds. Please never let the bales dry out.
3. You have to fertilize the bales with ammonium nitrate fertilizer (give 12 cups per bale on the fourth, fifth and sixth days; ¼-cup per bale on the seventh, eighth and ninth days). Then, you can give a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer on the tenth day.
4. You can plant two to three tomato plants per bale and make sure the spacing equally apart.
5. Don’t forget daily watering the hay bales since they are dry quickly and need more water during hot temperature.
6. Fertilize still important, give 10-10-10 granular fertilizer or liquid balanced fertilizer for every 1 to 2 weeks, you can read and follow package instructions.
Growing tomatoes in pots is easier than hay bales. However, a newbie gardener can run those steps above.