Yesterday, my friend Laura and I went to a Mennonite auction and packed 167 plants into a Lexus SUV...yup...barely enough room to sit! 90 of those were a variety of tomato plants. We paid $80 for the tomatoes, so not bad, less than a buck a piece. (You have to buy them 5 flats at a time) So, here come the ripe, fresh tomatoes up for auction. 20lbs a box and guess how much they sold for??? $25...$30....$50...keep going...the cheapest they sold for was $76.50 per box and went up to $90! Last year at the END of the season, they were selling for about $50/20lb box and we thought that was crazy!
Since we both LOVE to garden and love hard work and love challenges, we decided last night that we are going to plant all 90 tomatoes, and possibly more.
Here are my questions...
How far apart do you space your tomato plants? (We normally only plant 20!) Having such a large quantity, I'd like to be a little more precise.
The land that we will be planting on is a little uneven. We are debating over which would be best, prepare the existing soil or put down a layer of sand, then dumping soil on top. (We do have access to unlimited amounts of dirt.) We are also going to purchase a tractor. Any tips on this would be great as well!
I really appreciate any comments or suggestions. My husband thinks we've lost our minds and Laura's husband is going tractor shopping tonight! He's ready!
BTW, we will be planting a variety like Celebrity, Early Girl, Pink Girl, Better Boy, Roma, etc.