I guess everybody has their own way to plant tomatoes, but as usual the weekend of April 15 is when I plant mine in containers and in the garden. Today I got the containers planted and half of the ones in my 400 square foot veggie garden. In my containers this year, I mixed purchased garden soil with peat moss in some of the containers, and in others I used left over soil from last year that I solarized and also mixed with fresh peat moss. I did that yesterday, then filled and watered the containers well, so they would be ready to plant today. So, here is how I did it.
The tomatoes in my garden, even thought it was tilled twice this spring, were planted with a shovel, so I could loosen the soil well. I hope the images below explain how I do it.
Now I can relax and just keep the plants watered for a couple of weeks. Then I will fertilize them and cage or stake them depending on how many cages I have, versus the number of tomatoes I planted.