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Planting Tomatoes

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009

Teaching your children where and how they get their food will encourage them to choose the right foods as they get older. Try planting tomatoes in containers with your children; it's a perfect way to get them interested in growing their own food.

Tools and Materials
Tomato plant
Container with drainage holes
Potting soil
Eggshells
Ziploc bag
Hand trowel
Herbs (optional)

Planting Tomatoes How-To
1. When planting tomatoes, make sure your container has drainage holes. Fill the container with potting mix, such as Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix, which contains an exclusive mix of all-natural organic ingredients and feeds your plants for up to two months.

2. Crush eggshells in a Ziploc bag (eggshells provide sulphur to plants to prevent end rot).

3. Dig hole in the potting soil for your plant and sprinkle the crushed eggshells at the bottom of the hole. Plant tomato plant on top of eggshells. Fill in with soil and press firmly around plant. Add herbs, such as basil, parsley, and chives, if desired.

Tip: To make sure your plants grow big and healthy, you can feed them with Miracle Gro Organic Choice All Purpose Plant Food -- it's an all-natural, plant-based formula derived from sugar-beet molasses. And if you happen to get any bugs on your plants, try Ortho Ecosense Insecticidal Soap.

Resources
Special thanks to Scotts for giving Miracle Gro Organic Choice All Purpose Plant Food to everyone in our studio audience. Special thanks to White Flower Farm for giving a cherry tomato plant to the children in our studio audience.

For more helpful gardening information, check out our vegetable garden center. Plus, show off a prized vegetable or your vegetable garden by entering a photo in our vegetable garden contest.