Sunset Magazine's tomato tutorial

May 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's time to grow the perfect tomatoes! The experts at Sunset Magazine share their gardening tips with us.

Tomato planting tips:

Choose a sturdy plant: Avoid tomato plants with mutliple seedlings in the container, otherwise they will end up competing and neither one will become as strong as it could be.

Avoid plants that are starting to flower right now: The plant is sending energy to the fruit instead of the root, and right now we want all of that energy directed to root development.

Pinch off the lower leaves of the plant: Plant stem deeper and new roots will form, giving you a healthier, stronger plant.

Use wire landscape fabric for your tomato cage. Secure with rebar stakes.

Place four redwood stakes in the ground in a 20-inch square. Wrap with polyester twine.

Sunset's Celebration Weekend
June 7th & 8th
10am - 5pm

Location:
Sunset Headquarters
80 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Ticket information:
General admission: $12 Seniors (60+): $10 Children (12 & under): Free

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Health Council. Thank you to the City of Menlo Park. No pets, please.

Box office opens at 9:30 am on event days.

Parking:
There is ample free parking in nearby lots. Take the free bus from the Sun Microsystems parking lot (1601 Willow Rd., east of Hwy. 101) and receive $1 off your admission. Box office opens at 8:30 am in the Sun Microsystems parking lot. Take free shuttle from the Menlo Park Caltrain station.

Miscellaneous Questions Call 800-786-7375 or send an email to celebration@sunset.com

Sunset makes every effort to maximize recycling and composting at Celebration Weekend and encourages visitors to help by using the appropriate containers provided throughout the event

For more information, visit: www.sunset.com


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