The First Toms

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  1. KK Ng

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    Thanks Sjoerd, I noticed that there is a little stick placed from the watering hole to the plant on each and every one of them. May I ask what is the purpose and err ... were they there before? Sorry I do not remember seeing them before o_O:)
     
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    Thanks Sjeord I can't risk putting them out until the end of may, could get a late frost this morning it's -1c.
     
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    Burrrrrrrrr. It got down to 6 here last night and that is also way too cool for my red babies.
     
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    yeah I wish we could start ours earlier too, we can't put ours out until the end of may as well... darn weather!
     
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    They look great Sjoerd. I have tried that planting method when I first grew seedlings, and I had wonderful roots and healthy plants - I just ran out of time. :) Mine go in today, fingers crossed. You and your bride will have a wonderful crop. ( an aside....I had a smile when I saw her watch on her wrist. I'm assuming the one that warranted the trip out and about, with the lovely day).
     
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    Sorry Sjoerd, I guess you must have missed what I wrote and I am very curious about it.
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    Sorry I have to borrowed your photo. Thanks.
     
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    Thank you so much for asking again about the sticks—that’s me with a red face of embarrassment. You are 100% correct: I did miss your posting somehow. Please forgive me.

    The sticks. I could have made that clearer in my original posting. The purpose of the sticks is to show me where the stem is underground. This is important when the tomato foliage and the marigolds are growing. This is important for giving water. The black watering hole is primarily for he uptake of water and the stick shows where to give water with “food”. The tom plants take up food with their more shallow roots, that’s why I do this — to give the plants a lot more roots for the taking up nutrition. Otherwise the toms would have to take up moisture AND food from the same small rootball.

    Look at this piccy from last years’ tom roots. The long bit was the bare stem that I had removed all the leaves from. I think that you can easily see where the cut-off stem is, where the root ball is and the bit in-between was the original stem that became the feeding root system. I was well chuffed with all those feeding roots that formed.
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    Once again, mate—I apologise for missing your question.
     
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    Thank you so much now I understand not only the purpose of the sticks but I have also learn something new.
    I have to be aware of what is going on down under as much as what is above. :)
    Now I'll have a good look at the roots of the plants that I pull out to understand them better instead of just dumping them in the the compost bin.
    Thank you again.
     
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