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Tomato Growing Secrets: Planting tomatoes

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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2009

In the ongoing tomato growing secrets series, here's how to plant this amazing fruit. http://www.youtube.com/user/headgarde...

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Growing a great tomato garden is simply if you follow a few simple rules. You understand when you bite into a juicy tomato that it is largely water. Over 95% actually, and this means you can't allow this plant to get too dry. As soon as it is too dry, it will get a condition called Blossom End Rot where the end of the tomato goes black, shrinks up and looks like a fungus has hit it. It's a water-related problem.

This is also a temperature problem; when the spring temperatures are too cold for the pollen and the fruit isn't properly pollinated, the fruit will abort. This is one reason we plant tomatoes when the ground is warm and there is absolutely no danger of frost or cold summer nights.

One of the tomato gardening secrets I'll pass along here is to only leave six-inches of stem showing above ground when you plant. You can bury the rest (remove any leaves on the stem first) and the buried stem will form roots. We do this to avoid exposing any more of the plant to cold winds than is necessary and to help the plant develop a strong root system. And frankly, to solve a problem where the stem of the tomato is too stretched out because of low light levels or a poor retail plant.

You'll see me do exactly this in the video and see how I have my tomato support system set up so the plants will climb right up the strings (you have to wind them around the string, they don't "climb").

I hope this tomato growing secrets video series is helpful to all vegetable gardeners. I'll look forward to your comments. You can also sign up for my newsletter at http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/garden...

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