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shethatisnau 04-17-2004 07:07 PM

My dad recently caved in and got me a tomato plant, something I'd been pestering him about since last autumn. It's already a foot high, but now I'm not quite sure how to keep it thriving. It's in a little plastic canister right now with fertilizer and soil, but how do I make sure it stays healthy? Watering, sunlight needs/where it should be in a yard, etc?

Hopefully we'll have some homegrown tomaties by the end of the season from this little baby !

Sheik del Mar 04-17-2004 07:15 PM

Sorry. That's my mom's department. I just plant and weed when she tells me to!

DCVeg 04-19-2004 11:02 AM

The best spot is somewhere in your yard in a location that gets a good number of hours of bright sunshine each day. Plant it in some good quality topsoil; any kind of quality organic compost material can really help too. You won't need to water much if you've had a wet spring and continue to receive rainfall. If the leaves start to wilt, that's the plant letting you know that it's thirsty.

If you don't have a spot to put it in the ground, you can grow it in a pot on your deck or patio or wherever. Just use a fairly large pot, and be sure to have some sort of tomato plant cage for support. You would also probably need to water a tomato plant in a pot every day, as they tend to dry out quickly when not in the ground.

spud 04-19-2004 11:40 AM

you have to nip out little growths that are surplus or they'll be too many leaves and not enough fruit. Ask someone to show you how, it's easy once you see which ones to do. Tomatoes need feeding during the season, and they do love water.

vegan_hottie07 04-19-2004 10:31 PM

Hehe, my tomato plants are little green thingys with about 2 little tiny leaves, and about 2 inches high.

I think their a bit harder to care for, but I'm not really that educated on gardening.

(Why don't they teach this at school?)

spud 04-21-2004 02:04 PM

Hey! I watched a movie last night called "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"

Despite being made in 1977 and mega low budget it was awesome, and I thought of you and your tomatoes...


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