This is your annual reminder that you should plant your tomatoes deep. Deeply. Whatever.
When you plant your tomatoes, bury 2/3 of the stem, leaving just the top couple sets of leaves sticking up from the soil. Some people say to pinch or snip off the lower leaves first; others say not to bother. I always do, but mostly because the smell of crushed tomato leaves makes me happy.
New roots will grow from the buried portion of the stem, making your plants healthier and more drought-resistant. That’s good everywhere, but especially in areas facing drought (and Californians: despite some recent rains, this is another drought year, so plant water-wise).
Locals will notice that I’ve finally started planting my garden, with occasional breaks to sketch.
So far I’ve got lots of herbs, salad greens (lettuce, miner’s lettuce) and braising greens (kale, collards), lots of bush beans and snap peas, and a couple oddities (cape gooseberries, rhubarb). Only two tomato plants so far (Sun Gold and Bloody Butcher, for those keeping track) but there will be more. Oh yes.
Are you gardening this year? What are you growing?