Bag Up Some Tomatoes
Tomatoes grow very successfully in grow bags in a greenhouse or oudoors. Crops can be improved by inserting bottomless pots full of soil into the grow bag to increase the volume for better root growth.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Buy young plants in late spring, or sow seed indoors earlier in the season.
When to Start: Mid-spring
At Their Best: Early autumn
Time to Complete: 2 hours over a few months
Varieties to Try'Black Russian'
'Summer Sweet' F1
- two tomato plants
- grow bag
- two plastic pots
- Stanley knife
- some extra soil
- stake (bamboo cane or chestnut stake)
- garden twine
Cut Out Holes
Cut the bottom off the pots, then place them on the grow bag and cut around them. Push the pots into the bag and fill them up with the spare soil.
Plant Into the Pots
Plant one tomato per pot at the same level as it was growing in its container. Plant straggly plants a little deeper. This encourages new roots to form along the buried stem, helping stabilize the plants.
Pinch Out Sideshoots
As the plants grow, small sideshoots appear off the main stem. These should be removed as soon as possible because they will take energy away from the ri-pening fruits. When they are small, simply pinch them out with your fingers.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
From big sheets and a few friends to fruit-picker baskets and pole pruners, these tips and tools will make the job easier.