[Tomato Dirt #151] Tomato Weeding 911
June 25, 2018
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 8, Number 16
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A few times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Protect Your Tomato Plants from Extremes
In some places, it’s hot. In some places, it’s cold. Do you have what you need to protect your tomato plants so they can be healthy and keep producing as long as possible? Browse protective shade cloth for your garden. Take a look.
Usually, tomatoes are set out in the garden fairly close together, about 24-30” apart. Many gardeners find that the first few weeks are the only time they pull weeds around their tomato plants. Because tomato plants are still small, there is enough room in between them for weeds to emerge.
But you’ll only have to do so for a short time. Mulch your tomatoes when they have been in the ground for 3-5 weeks. Mulching tomato plants keeps down weeds. Each kind of mulch has advantages and disadvantages, so you want to review them carefully and choose the mulch that is best for you. If weeds are starting to take over your tomato plants, then
consider these options:
Wood chips. Visually attractive and hold moisture well, but may not be readily available.
Grass clippings. Easy to work with, inexpensive, hold moisture well, but may contain extra seeds.
Black plastic. Controls weeds well and maintains an even soil temperature, but can make it difficult to water plants … continue reading
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