Does placing a match in the growing hole really help tomatoes grow better?52592-pk-p1 Is it true that you can plant a leggy tomato seedling almost horizontally in the soil, and it will sprout roots from the stem and straighten itself out? Are there really any decent varieties of “container tomatoes” to grow, or are those just for show and not for serious harvest? When should you transplant your tomato seedlings?

If the beginning of tomato growing season fills you with more questions than answers, congratulations — you’re a true gardener! No other vegetable crop inspires more lore, more speculation, more hope than the tomato. And whether you’re growing your first-ever crop or just need a quick brush-up on the basics, you’ll find our Know Before You Grow tip sheet invaluable for the coming season. Happy growing!

About Sappho Charney

Sappho Charney is a garden writer living in Lubbock, Texas.

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