5-25-11: A Sideways Tomato Plant
May 25, 2011 at 7:55 am
Tom Hall visits our garden guru, Anne Raver, at her farm in Carroll County, and learns the best method for planting tomatoes. The steps are visible in the slideshow above, or in the gallery below. Photos by Stephanie Hughes.
Anne Raver writes about gardening for the New York Times. Her book of essays is called
Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures. She lives and farms in Carroll County, Maryland.
Anne prunes, or pinches off, small leaves near the bottom of the plant’s stem.
Anne gently breaks up some of the roots at the bottom of the plant before placing it in the ground.
Anne waters the plant with a Neptune seaweed fertilizer. It helps the plant get over the shock of being transplanted.
Tom says the sideways plant is akin to a child being buried in the sand at the beach.
Two stone squirrels watch over the tomato plants as they grow.
Anne places the plant in the ground partially sideways, so that the stem can grow additional roots, and soak up extra nutrients from the soil.
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