You Should Always

Plant Tomato  Seedlings Sideways

Here's Why

On Top of It All

Digging a shallow trench or trough and placing tomato plants in horizontally, leaving only the top stems and leaves exposed, enables them to grow in the top layer of soil.

A Leg Up

Often seedlings that were started indoors become leggy and weak. Planting them sideways helps eliminate this issue, since most of the stem will be buried.

Ease on Down the Row

Planting tomatoes sideways in a shallow trench requires less digging. The plants still need to be staked but will likely require less support than tomatoes planted in the traditional manner.

Don’t Bug Me

Planting tomatoes horizontally  encourages stronger root system growth, which helps the plants stay healthy and fight off pests and diseases.

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