How To Grow Luscious Tomatoes

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Set out tomato plants inrepparttar evening or on a cloudy day.

Mulching helps stop weed growth and water loss fromrepparttar 113296 soil. Place a two to three inch layer of organic material such as compost, leaves, straw, grass clippings, hay, newspapers, or black or red plastic sheeting aroundrepparttar 113297 growing plants.

Tomatoes can be grown onrepparttar 113298 ground or supported by stakes or cages. If using stakes putrepparttar 113299 stake in when planting Asrepparttar 113300 plant grows taller, tie it loosely torepparttar 113301 stake every 12 inches with soft fabric or twine.

Tomatoes require at least one inch of water per week during May and June and at least two inches per week during July, August, and September. Water once or twice a week and to a depth of 12 to 18 inches.

Space dwarf plants 12 inches apart; staked tomatoes should be 12 to 18 inches apart. Allow 2 to 4 feet between non- staked plants.

Rows should be spaced 3 to 5 feet apart for staked plants and 4 to 6 feet apart for non-staked plants.

A 10-20-10 fertilizer should be applied at planting time. Sidedress forrepparttar 113302 first time whenrepparttar 113303 first fruits are one- third grown. Use about one to two tablespoons per plant. Mixrepparttar 113304 fertilizer intorepparttar 113305 soil then water, being careful not to getrepparttar 113306 fertilizer onrepparttar 113307 foliage. A second application should be made two weeks afterrepparttar 113308 first ripe fruit and a third application one month later. Waterrepparttar 113309 plants thoroughly after fertilizing. All fertilizers should be worked intorepparttar 113310 top six inches of soil.

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How To Create Your Own Humming Bird Nectar...

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

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Letrepparttar mixture cool fully before putting it out for your Humming birds too, you wouldn't want to accidently hurt them with hot Nectar.

Put any remaining nectar inrepparttar 113295 fridge, it can keep for about two weeks.

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