Follow these simple steps to give your plants a good start this growing season.
Illustration by Melanie Magee
Firm the soil around the plant. Top-dress with a fertilizer such as Dynamite Mater Magic 5-5-9. Mulch with a thick layer of pine or wheat straw around the base of the tomato plant, and then water well. Mulching your plants before watering helps prevent soilborne diseases from splashing onto the foliage. Provide a sturdy trellis, stake, or cage for support.