At Common Good Gardens, we often experiment to come up with the best way to get optimum yield and taste. Right now, Mark Lenhart, based on an article he read in the organic gardening publication, “Back Home,” is experimenting with some jet star tomatoes.
He’s regularly pruning the bottom leaves off the plants to improve air flow in two tomato rows and because, the article reasons, everything below a blossom is not going to produce a tomato. At the same time he is leaving the suckers, which we are removing regularly on the rest of our tomato plants, because suckers can produce tomatoes. He does cut out those not making blossoms.
Meanwhile, he is also augmenting one of the two experimental rows with a regular dressing of coffee grounds which we get in abundance to see if those tomato plants perform better.
Too early to tell the results of all this but we’ll report back.