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Tomato Patch: How to water your plants

How and how much? Should you water your tomato plants? When? How–and how much? Books and articles often advise to water when the soil feels dry—so plants get at least an inch of water a week—and when you water, water…

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Tomato Patch: Caging While the Job Is Easy

My caging system Tomato growers could almost hear their plants growing during those hot, humid days early last week, but cooler, springlike Thursday brought a stiff breeze as a reminder that we’d better think seriously about getting our rapidly-growing plants…

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Tomato Patch: Do Plant Protectors Work?

Wall O’ Water and Better Boy tomato plant You’ve seen the ads in gardening magazines, seed catalogs, and online—ads for plant protectors called Wall O’ Water, which claim they can speed up tomato growth and fruiting by several weeks. I’ve…

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Tomato Patch: Drip irrigation and mulch

Drip-irrigation buckets strategically placed I must be a glutton for punishment. Wednesday I transplanted 23 tomato seedlings into our garden. After I looked at the 3-day forecast, I installed drip-irrigation buckets in the Tomato Patch and mulched most of the…

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Tomato Patch: Setting out the plants

Ready to transplant Surprise: I set out my tomato plants last evening. The plants were growing so fast I had to transplant them into our garden five days before I originally planned. In earlier Tomato Patch postings, I explained that…

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Tomato Patch: Hello, cool, breezy world

Seedlings begin ‘hardening off’ My tomato seedlings are growing well, thank you. If you recall from earlier Tomato Patch postings, I planted my tomato seeds in cups on April 25 and the first sprouts appeared four days later. Two weeks…

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Tomato Patch: Listen to Our Official Anthem

Home-grown tomatoes A vegetable garden without tomatoes? Impossible! Tomatoes are the most garden-grown vegetable in the world. Seed catalogs feature huge tomatoes on their covers. The mere thought of a fresh-cut tomato, just picked in your kitchen garden, starts your…

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