Growing tomatoes must be a lot like raising a child. First, you have to give the tiny plants (or seeds, if you are so bold) a good foundation, a place where they can really take root. And then the real fun starts. Though they are continually silent, you need to water the plants often -- unfortunately, no crying or whining will tip you off here, only gardener's intuition. But watch out: Like the worst bullies, the rabbits, insects and birds will come along and try to pick at and destroy your precious tiny Tom-Tom. If he's not carefully protected, the bad guys will win, so you should cordon off a safe area for him to grow, without smothering him (you don't want to be one of those overprotective types). Then eventually, when the sun shines, so will little Tommy. He'll grow and flourish and eventually get a bit of a sunburn, a healthy deep-red kind of glow. It is at this critical point that you must free him from the vine; if you leave him alone too long, he'll turn bad, just like a teenager trying to get attention. But unlike some acting-out brats who have the privilege of reform school, it will be too late for... More >>>