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18 July 2007

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Ack! I'm so envious!

GG,
Please to explain the pruning of the bottom of the tomato plants. As the tender of my father's garden, I'm eager to do the right thing.
I thank yew.

Probably more compulsive behavior than anything; tomato plants will generally produce fruit no matter what you do, as long as the growing conditions are right. That said, this site has a very good discussion of tomato pruning: http://www.growing-tomato.com/Pruning_Tomatoes_A_Guide_to_Pruning_Tomato_Plants.html

Pruning does help keep the plants healthy, and it makes it easier to spot the monsters (even though hornworms can be gigantic, they're very well camouflaged; one generally notices the decimation first, then goes searching for the beast).

Forgot to say: the photo to the left of the tomatoes shows my neat & tidy tomato plant bottoms.

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