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Tomato Stakes or Cages

Stakes or Cagesalways a great question.  Some people like tomato cages because after they are put in, all you have to do is put the branches thru the holes.  I like Stakes much better even though I have to tie up the plants. The Stakes enable me to keep heaping soil up around the stem as the plant grows  and to mulch them better.  The Stakes also last a lot longer than the cages.

Ready for Planting Tomatoes

When the patch is ready for planting tomatoes, dig a hole deep enough so the soil will not only cover the roots but come a few inches over the stem. The Tomato plants can be planted much deeper than most other vegetables.  If your soil depth is not deep enough yet, such as in heavy soils or a new garden, the plant can be planted sideways by gently  bending  the stem.