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[Tomato Dirt #307] Planting tomatoes? Be sure to bury the stem!
April 18, 2024

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 14, Number 8

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.

Soil SOS

You’re getting ready for container planting … but what should you use to fill all those pots?

What’s the best soil for your containers … what kind of soil do you have in your garden … how can you regenerate the soil mix in your containers?

Our good friends at Gardener’s Supply have all kinds of useful information about soil, compost, and fertilizer. They’ll help you learn about all the different kinds of fertilizing and soil amendment gear you need for your containers.

But apart from all that good stuff, their fertilizers and soil enhancers are quality products that will last season after season.

Plus, as a side note … Gardener’s Supply donates 8% of their profits to home and garden improvement programs. Check out their information about soils so you know what’s best when you transplant your tomatoes.

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FEATURE: Planting Tomatoes? Be Sure to Bury the Stem!

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“Bury the stem.” That’s one way to describe trench planting for tomatoes, also known as deep planting.

And burying the stem one of the key principles in getting your tomato plants off to a healthy start.

If you haven’t tried trench planting, you may want to give it a go this season.

Instead creating individual holes for each plant, you dig a long, shallow ditch for a row of plants. Then, you lay each plant sideways in the trench and cover the stems with soil, leaving the top of the plant above ground.

Trench planting is most common for tomatoes, potatoes, and squash.

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Create Your Own Custom 3-Plant Bundles and Save

Want to save money – and choose your own vegetable and herb varieties?

The good folks at Burpee understand. They’re gardeners, too. And they have their favorite tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and herbs.

That’s why they’ve created their special Mix & Match offer. You can create your own custom 3-plant bundles of herbs and vegetables – and save money in the process.

Let’s say you want to grow Brandywine, Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes, and Sweet Emerald Giant Peppers. You can create your own bundle of those 3 varieties and purchase them at the bundle price!

Bundled plants come in multiples of 3. The more bundles you buy, the more you save. Buy two or more bundles and save an additional 20%. Check out the Mix & Match offer.

More about Planting Tomatoes

How to Plant a Tomato Plant Step By Step When to Plant Tomatoes: A Helpful Guide 10 Tomato Transplanting Mistakes to Avoid Best and Worst Companion Plants for Tomatoes

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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