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[Tomato Dirt #262] Extend your harvest by topping a tomato plant
August 11, 2022

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 12, Number 16

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

End of Season Sale: Stock Up for Less

Our good friends at Gardener’s Supply are cleaning out their garden shed inventory with clearance items in their Gardening Outlet, Kitchen & Home Outlet, Indoor/Outdoor Living Outlet, and even Clothing & Footwear Outlet.

You can get up to 40% off on garden supplies, kitchen and home, pots and planters, tools, gifts, trellises, raised beds … and more.

It’s a great time to restock your supplies or replace your tools. (Browse here).

You might even find some gifts to purchase for the upcoming holiday season!

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FEATURE: Tips for Topping at Tomato Plant to Extend Your Harvest

Topping a tomato plant is a type of pruning.

You may hear the term and think that you’re simply lopping of the top of the plant.

And that is part of the process.

But technically speaking, topping a tomato plant means removing all plant’s actively growing tips once the plant grows to the top of its cage or stake.

Topping prevents those tips from growing.

Let’s say your tomato plants are too tall and leggy. Or your tomato plants are too tall with no fruit and you want to know how to make tomato plants bushy and productive once again.

Those are also good opportunities to top your tomato plant … (Keep reading)

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Snip, snip

A good set of garden clippers are one of a gardener’s best friends. You use them to prune tomatoes, trim away damaged foliage, and even harvest tomatoes, especially those that are on thick stems.

Plus, when you choose a versatile set of clippers, you can use them in when taking care of other vegetables, flowers, and plants too.

When it comes to choosing cutting tools, you have many options. Learn about the different kinds of garden clippers and what to look for to have your healthiest garden.

And to browse the best lopers, snippers, clippers, pruners, shears, garden scissors – even tools to help you sharpen your snips - hop on over and browse this amazing selection from our friends at Gardener’s Supply, offered at best prices.

More on Pruning Tomatoes

What is simple pruning and how do you do it? 5 different ways to prune tomatoes Tomato Pruning FAQs 7 tomato pruning mistakes to avoid

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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