Grow a Big Organic Tomato Garden Without Tilling




In this Instructable, I will show you an easy way to grow an organic tomato garden. I live along a main road and I thought using my yard to make a garden and setting a sign by the road would draw people in to buy my tomatoes. I grew Cherry, Roma, and Beefsteak tomatoes. I didn't have a tiller and the ground is mostly clay. I didn't know if anything would grow so I experimented. I got my shovel out and started digging holes about 8-10 inches deep. I made 7 rows, 3 Beefsteak, 2 Roma, and 2 Cherry. For the Roma and Beefsteak tomatoes, I used the dirt that I shoveled out of the holes and the Cherry tomatoes I filled the holes with Miracle Gro potting soil.

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Step 1: The Results

I started each tomato from seeds. I got them all planted and they took off rather well. I didn't get to mess with these that much due to me falling off a roof and fracturing both of my hands the first week of July. The only thing I did to grow these tomatoes is add water. I used lawn clippings to cover the rows to make weeding easier. The Roma and Beefsteak tomatoes didn't do as good as I'd hoped but they were very delicious. The Cherry tomatoes, however, grew outstanding!! The Cherry tomatoes were about the size of golf balls and soooooo good. I did save some seeds from the Cherry tomatoes so I will have a good turnout this year. I will be using Miracle Gro potting soil in every tomato plant this year, hopefully, my garden will do better.



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    3 Discussions

    Uncle Kudzu

    4 years ago

    Someone loaned me a tiller last spring and I'm not sure that your way wouldn't work just a well. Mix in a little composted soil in each hole for a good start and maybe some slow-release fertilizer and see what happens! Your garden looks better than my roto-filtered garden did last year.


    4 years ago

    This is a great use of wasted space!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I wish everyone would grow there own gardens again.