Planting Tomatoes

Tomato plant sales are gearing up all across the country. Whether you visit a TomatoMania event, or a local nursery, it's clear that tomato fever is running rampant. In most warm climates, it's time to put them in the ground (while coastal and cool climate folks try to restrain themselves a little longer). Here are some helpful hints for planting tomatoes whenever you get around to doing it.

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My, What Trellises You Have

A question came in this week to Ask Gardenerd:

"I was cycling in Silverlake and saw your garden you've setup for a greyish building! It looked great!  I was especially intrigued by the interesting bean & tomato trellises you have. I know this is technically "consulting", but where can I get my hands on some of those for my garden?"

You must mean the Dream Center Garden that I've been working on for over a year now. We planted 24 tomatoes and nearly 100 peas in just ...

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Starting Seeds to Perfection

There seems to be a theme this week about seed-starting:

This is the first time I've been to your website and I heard about it
on the news. I came to see what all the fuss is about, and ended up
with lots of answers. So here's my question:  I have tried to grow
vegetable plants from seed indoors, then plant them outdoors and usually
end up with a small sprout then they die and I never even get to
introduce them to the great outdoors. I've tried different soils,
watering habits and containers but to no avail. Do you have any tips,
or better ...

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