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Sycamore Springs: Let Mammoth Sunflowers be tomato stakes

A tip to getting tomatoes, a unique garden look, plus seed for the birds!
Comments re photo 41371 The Whitehurst Diaries The Sunflower Experiment

By Cindy Meyer
News from Sycamore Springs

These sunflowers put me in mind of a nifty little gardening tip I used to use. When setting your tomatoes, try planting a Mammoth Sunflower seed in the hill along with it. As the tomato and sunflower grow together the tomato will outgrow the sunflower for a few weeks, and may have to be temporarily staked.

However, in a short time the sunflower will surpass the tomato, and soon have a stalk that will be strong enough to stake your tomato to. Just strip the lower leaves of the sunflower so they do not shade your tomato plant, and tie the tomato plant to the sunflower stalk.

It is easier than using cages and you will have plenty of area to stake your tomato plant to as the sunflower grows. In the end not only do you get a more unique garden, but you also get sunflower seeds to feed the birds in early fall.

As always...Cindy.

- Cynthia Meyer

This story was posted on 2011-08-11 12:03:05
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