“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” – Lewis Grizzard
Tomato plants occupy more space in the garden compared to other root vegetables and greens. These robust plants require at least 12 inches of space. But most varieties of tomatoes grow to 2 to 3 feet wide and have deeper roots. The additional space requirements are a minimal price we pay for the taste of fresh and domestic tomatoes.
Proper preparation of soil is very important for planting a tomato garden. Thus, the plants that produce juicy and delicious tomatoes can be healthy. Choose a perfect place to place your garden. After that, test and verify the nutrient content and pH level of the soil. This can create the ideal environment for your plants to grow. You can add compost and fertilizer to it. After you have corrected the nutrient content of the soil, you can plant the tomatoes in the proper spacing. They can also be planted by running stakes to help support them and by watering them to help them settle in the soil.
How much soil and space does a tomato plant need?
The answer to this can’t be stated in specific, because there are different types of tomatoes that have different space requirements. Generally, plants in the same row should have about 2 to 3 feet of space between them and 3 to 4 feet between rows. Tomato plants aren’t deeply rooted. So the soil requirement for this is very low. Only a foot of soil or good soil is sufficient. It also includes ‘container’ types that can be produce with less space.
For beginners, an easy thumb rule is that unstable plants require 3 feet of space in its rows and 6 feet of space between rows and stackings. Of the plants we decide, only 2 feet of space between plants is necessary and a tomato cage is optional.
In dwarf type plants, only 1 foot space is required between plants, and no cages or staking are needed. The distance between rows of this small variety of plants depends on the plants the gardener chooses.
From the way you take care of your tomatoes, you can know how deep and wide they grow. Pruning and staked tend plants are compact. But tomatoes which can spread on the ground reach 6 feet wide or more. Nitrogen fertilizer will promote green growth. In dry conditions, the roots of the plants grow deeper into the soil in search of moisture. Tomato plants that grow in containers have a less space to grow, so they may have smaller roots.
Here is Helpful Garden’s review of potting soils for tomatoes.