Planting Tomatoes in Santa Fe
It’s tomato planting time! Next, to enjoying the fruits of your tomato-growing labor, one of our favorite times of year is tomato planting season. We have dozens of varieties of tomatoes, from Beefsteak to Black Truffle and cherry to Cherokee Purple. (Check out our list HERE) We also have many different size plants, so if you don’t want to wait until late summer to harvest, we have you covered.
May 15 is generally the time you can start putting tomato starters in the ground, but a rule of thumb is to plant when night time temps no longer dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the long-term weather forecast to ensure you aren’t planting too early.
If you haven’t started from seed indoors, it’s best to buy plants so you can enjoy your tomatoes before fall. Luckily, we have a great selection of heirloom and other varieties that are grown in our nursery. It is important to know which varieties of tomatoes will do well here, and we are happy to help you make that decision.
Plant in areas that will get at least six hours of sunlight and aren’t obstructed by trees, fences or structures. Raised beds work great, but any area that has good soil can work. Just make sure the plants have some kind of protection from critters.
Growing in New Mexico’s unique climate and nutrient-poor soil means you will have to amend the soil. Organic topsoil, organic compost mix, worm castings and composted manure are all great additions to the clay-filled soil we have here in Santa Fe. We carry a huge variety of all of these in the nursery. We also carry liquid nutrients that can offer a big boost to your garden’s productivity. Talk to one of our experts to learn which combination is going to be best for the unique conditions in your garden.
Once the plants are in the ground, water them consistently, or you could end up with tomatoes that split, ruining that perfect tomato slice come late summer. Putting mulch around the base of the plant can help retain water during the hot summer days.