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Dig a hole a little bigger than your plant ball and just set your tomato into hole right up to leaves and fill all around with more potting soil.
Of course, you must water plants to make them grow! Your tomato plants will respond well to regular feeding. Apply a liquid fertilizer once a week.
Once your plants are larger, you may need to stake them; however, if you are growing "bush" variety, they won't need to be staked.
Once your plants are bearing, you may find yourself with a surplus. Whole tomatoes can be frozen for use later on in soups and casseroles. Just wash and put in sealed plastic bags and place in freezer. When you're ready to use them, let them thaw partway so skin can come off and they're ready to go in soup pot!
If you prefer to freeze your tomatoes already chopped, just dip each tomato in boiling water for about 10 seconds. Then peel will pull right off. Chop tomato, put in bags and freeze.
Here's a good vegetable soup recipe for using frozen tomatoes.
Combine 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped tomatoes 1 can new potatoes, drained and chopped 1 can sliced carrots, drained 1 large can tomato sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1 3/4 cups beef broth
Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, to let flavors mingle. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another", bringing you practical, money-saving tips, recipes and ideas. Visit her online at http://www.cynroberts.com to subscribe and receive the Free e-course, "Taming the Monster Grocery Bill".