• Mulching Tomatoes

Mulching Tomatoes

It seems like over the last week we have received our fair share of rain in Southeast Kansas. Looking ahead to next week, the forecast looks much more bright. With increased temperatures and nicer days, many gardeners are eager to get back out in the garden!

One of the gardening tasks you may consider during this time of year is mulching your tomatoes. Ward Upham (K-State Horticulture Specialist) suggests the following practices on mulching tomatoes.

Soils are warm enough now that tomatoes can benefit from mulching as long as the soils are not saturated with water. Tomatoes prefer even levels of soil moisture and mulches provide such by preventing excessive evaporation. Other benefits of mulching include weed suppression, moderating soil temperatures and preventing the formation of a hard crust on the soil. Crusted soils restrict air movement into and out of the soil and slow the water infiltration rate.


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