We planted the tomato seedlings on a recent Sunday evening (Nov 13th). I always plant seedlings in the afternoon. We had gone down to the garden hoping to have a family BBQ after planting the seedlings. Unfortunately both the BBQ gas bottle and post-driver had walked out of the shed.
This year I have two garden beds available for Solanums (tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, chilli plants). So far, I've only planted one bed and mainly with tomato seedlings. Though at the end of this bed in the photo below, I have two capsicum plants.
Our post-driver looked a bit like the one below....a handy garden tool. The weight of the thing really drives the tomato stake into the garden bed. Highly recommend them. However, I don't recommend human behaviour in community garden sheds.
Unfortunately, with the absence of the post-driver, our tomato stakes have a curiously drunken-looking lean to them. You'll note too that I didn't weed the self-seeded lettuces and mustard plants.
Years ago, I developed the habit of planting a seedling on either side of the stake. I think it happened one year when I had gone overboard (lost at sea) with all the tomato seedlings I'd sown. Every since then I've rather enjoyed the jungle of tomato plants that this method creates and as I crop more than enough tomatoes, I haven't bothered learning a different way to plant the tomatoes. It's the usual story...this works for me.
Tomato bed - mid summer (January 2008)
Tomato bed - early summer (December 2007)
Tomato bed prep (November 2007)