Middle South

April, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Trellising and Training Tomatoes
In his article Trellising and Training Tomatoes, Shepherd Ogden begins by describing ten different ways of training tomato vines. Then he moves on to explain some tomato botany, including the importance of the fruit-to-foliage ratio and the vining habits of the tomato plant. Finally, he offers a step-by-step guide to the process of trellising and discusses some common problems. For Ogden, it's all about flavor, and everything he describes has one goal: to encourage vines to produce the best-tasting tomatoes possible.

Clever Gardening Technique

Tips for Transplanting
When transplanting seedlings grown in peat pots into the garden, bury the top rim of the peat pot or tear it away before planting. If the peat pot is exposed above the soil line, it can wick moisture away from the roots. Also, whenever I transplant seedlings grown in a peat-based soilless mix, I sprinkle a little compost-enriched garden soil over the surface to help keep the mix from drying out too much.

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