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In the Garden with Geri Laufer
Wed July 24, 2013
Planting Mid-Summer Tomatoes
This time of year, many of us are harvesting from the plants we sowed back in April and May. It’s actually not too late, however, to do a little planting.
We return to a visit we paid last year, to the house of horticulturist Geri Laufer. Geri showed us her method for sowing a mid-season tomato plant that's already grown tall and leggy in its starter-pot.
With Atlanta’s lengthy growing season, she says there’s no reason we can’t enjoy our tomato sandwiches all the way through fall.
A Few Tomato Tips from Geri:
- Choose the right location: 6+ hours of sun
- Rotate crops; don’t follow tomatoes with more tomatoes in the same exact spot every year.
- Improve the soil with compost.
- Add lime (calcium) to prevent catfacing, or scarring, in your tomatoes.
- Plant deep or plant sideways: Cover stem with soil and roots will appear all along the buried stem.
- Water thoroughly, with deep, slow watering, and provide deep moisture evenly during the summer.