This week at the TC3 Farm – Potting On Our Tomatoes – Student Post By Hannah D.
This week on the TC3 farm our big project was transplanting, or “potting on” our tomatoes. While the weekly tasks of seeding, weeding and harvesting did not cease this week, potting on our tomatoes was a major project that had all hands on deck. The reason for potting on at this time is because our tomato seedlings were beginning to outgrow their trays. In order to keep them happy and growing at a healthy rate and avoiding getting root bound it was necessary to transplant them to larger cells with more room to grow.
Of course with so many varieties of tomatoes that all look the same at this stage of growth, we had to be vary careful to transplant everything correctly with the proper tags. This is important so that whether we sell these plants to customers or plant them for our own, we are not expecting one thing and getting another. If a customer were to buy a plant expecting one type and got another, not only would that look bad on the farm but they may not be a returning customer.