Asked on Apr 30, 2013

depth of raised bed for tomato plants.

Joanne GDouglas HuntJo


I am begging my husband to build me some raised beds in the front of our house since it gets more light than anywhere else. In order to grow good tomatoes and have good roots on them, how deep should the dirt in the raised bed be?
5 answers
  • Eq4bits
    on Apr 30, 2013

    When I built my raised beds, I used two treated 2x6's 'stacked' on sides and ends, so from top of top 2x6 to ground (which I put some of that weed control cloth over) was approx. 12". I end up with tomatoes 'coming out of my ears' every year. I also try to use heirloom plants when I initially planted, so I haven't had to buy any more plants the last few years since the heirlooms propogate themselves.

  • Judy
    on Apr 30, 2013

    At least a foot. You want to nip off the bottom leaves & plant your tomato sets deep for better root development. I add ground up eggshells to the soil to help prevent blossom end rot.

  • Jo
    on Apr 30, 2013

    actually I read that you can bury the bottom leaves on the plant and they will produce roots. I did that as well as burying the plant two thirds down.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 1, 2013

    I think double-stacked 2 x 6s are a good height for a raised bed. This actually gives you a bed 11 inches deep. Tomatoes should be planted deep, but you should remove the lower leaves before planting. They will root along the buried stem.

  • Joanne G
    on May 1, 2013

    Thanks to all who replied to my question. I have always planted my tomatoes deep but that was in my garden. I was worried that maybe we wouldn't have enough depth in our raised bed. Thanks again, and here's t o hoping I get three of them..

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