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Old 05-26-2002, 02:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I recently added my home made compost to my garden and now I have tomotoes and zucchini sprouting up all over the place !!!
1.Tomoto plants are about 10inches tall do I have to "steak" them ? and when ?
2.Zucchini plants are growing as a bush not vines all over the garden ..i have had many blossoms and a few have "fruit" on them ...can I disgard the dead blossoms or trim back some of the leaves without affecting the production of squash?
3.How often do I need to water these plants ( i live in phoenix)
4.Any other tips I can use???????????
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Old 05-26-2002, 03:54 PM
 
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I like to put a 'cage' or stake to guide the tomato plant onto before it gets too big. Usually around the time it starts producing fruit, it's time to support the limbs.
My zucchini and squash are all bushy plants, I've never seen one that was a true vine. They pretty much take care of themselves, I've never worried about dead blossoms or trimmed back any leaves. Why do you trim back the leaves? Might not be good to let too much sun hit the fruits.
I water the tomatoes deeply every other day, the squash get water every morning. As the heat picks up here (FL), I will water the tomatoes every day, too. I mulch with oak leaves, which helps keep the roots cool and the weeds down.
Good luck!!
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Sahara,
Thanks for the hints ..I think my thumb may turn green this summer
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