It is good to have friends. Especially friends that like to grow tomatoes from seeds. In 3 our of the past 4 years we have been given tomato starts to transplant into our garden. Our friends start their seeds in small pots and grow them early in the spring in a green house. They end up growing so many seeds, that they are looking to give the plants away. Gardener friends are also good because of the useful tips they have learned over the years. This is one of those tips that I learned from somebody else on how to transplant a tomato. It has worked well for me in the past.
Make a long trench for the transplant. Lay the plant on its side in the trench. Trim off the first few leave sprouts coming out near the base of the plant. Leave only about the top 1/3 of the plant with leaves. Now backfill the trench with soil and have the plant bend upwards out of the trench. The theory behind this method is to help the plant grow a stronger root system, and will result in a healthier plant.
Best of luck with your garden this year!
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