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Planting Tomatoes Deep

When planting tomato plants, especially tall leggy plants, in a very windy area, dig a deep hole, about twice the size of your plant and at least a shovel width wide. Set the plant in the bottom center of the hole and add just enough soil to cover roots and about an inch of the stem. Add water to the hole as needed to keep moist. The added protection from wind and warmth from the dark soil allows the plant to grow quickly.

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As the tomato plant continues to grow, add more soil to the hole, 2-3 inches at a time, breaking off bottom leaves as necessary until the plant grows completely out of the hole, and the soil line is nearly ground level. Leaving a slight depression around the plant creates a "well" for watering and fertilizer as needed. Your tomato plant will be extremely sturdy and will form roots along the stem underground to take up water and nutrients.

I also like to put a gallon can by each plant with both top and bottom cut out. Sink it in the soil about 3 inches. Use the can to water and add fertilizer as needed. This makes it easy to water the plant without spraying the whole plant or garden.

By R0cknchr from Central NE

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If you don't want to dig a really deep hole, dig a trench, normal depth, and as long as the plant is tall. lay the seedling in the trench on its side, except for the top 6 inches or so that poke up out of the trench. Be careful not to "kink" the plant, but just bend it gently! Then fill in the trench, and all the leaf nodes that are now underground will sprout roots! You will have a much stronger plant and not have to dig so far down.

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