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Although this site has a terrific Planting Guide loaded with vital information on growing lots of tomatoes for the market, we’re guessing your garden beds are configured a bit differently than the typical 4 x 100 ft. beds on a farm, so we’ve provided this quick guide just for you.

Tomato plants start out as tiny, gangly seedlings but soon grow into large vines or bushes with an abundance of red fruit. When planting your tomatoes in the spring, one of the most important things to consider is the spacing requirements, which will differ based on the size of the tomato plant at the time it goes into the ground, and whether it is a vining or bush variety.

Spacing Tomato Seedlings

If you started tomato seedlings indoors, it is safe to plant them outdoors once the threat of frost passes for your region. Although you may have started far too many seedlings, plant as many as you have space for in the ground, as some may not survive the transplanting process. By planting them all, you ensure that at least some will survive.

When first placing tiny tomato seedlings into the ground, space them at least 24 inches apart in rows that are at least 30 to 36 inches apart. Use a tape measure to mark off the planting locations before you begin digging to speed the planting process.

Continue caring for the seedlings until they reach at least 6 inches high and then increase the spacing between them to 36 inches by thinning them out. To thin the plants, select the smallest or weakest seedlings and pull them up out of the ground. It may seem wasteful, but this process makes the remaining plants much healthier.

Spacing Larger Plants

If you purchase tomatoes from a garden center, they are typically a little larger, between 6 and 12 inches high. When planting these tomatoes, the spacing depends on how large the mature plant will eventually grow to be.

The recommended spacing for standard sized tomatoes is three feet on all sides, if they are the same variety. If you are using a circular wire trellis around the tomato plant instead of a stake, increase the planting distance to four feet on all sides. Roma, grape and cherry tomatoes are smaller varieties and grow in a more vertical pattern. These tomatoes are often grown up stakes, and thus can be planted at distances of 12 to 15 inches apart.

If you are planting different varieties of tomatoes, plant them at least eight feet apart. If you plant them closer than eight feet, they may cross pollinate with each other and create different tomatoes than what you expect.

Bush Varieties versus Cordon Varieties

In addition to the standard spacing requirements, you must also consider whether the plant is a bush variety or a cordon variety. A bush variety is exactly what it sounds like and produces multiple stems from the ground. Cordon varieties are much taller and thinner with a single central stalk and shorter vertical stems.

If you have a bush variety, increase the spacing to four feet apart if they are indeterminate, season-long growers. If you have multiple rows of bush tomatoes, space each row at five- to six-foot intervals. Cordons grow upward and can thrive well planted at distances of 12 to 15 inches apart.

No matter what type of tomatoes you are growing, following the proper spacing guidelines will ensure the plants remain disease-free and have adequate access to sunlight. While it may be hard to resist planting as many tomatoes as possible in the available space, the end result will be fewer plants that produce far more fruit.

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Beautiful Hair All Winter Long

Each time winter winds blow through your hair, some of its natural moisture is removed. As a result, your strands become more brittle and less resilient, making them prone to breakage. From split ends to limp hair, the problems that winter months create for your hair are unpleasant and avoidable. Here are a few handy tips to keep your hair looking so beautiful that you won’t feel like hiding it under a hat or scarf.

Conditioning Products

Would you like to avoid flyaway and frizzy hair this winter? If so, a wide variety of conditioning products are available that can help you with that task. From leave-in products to rinse-out conditioners, you have lots of choices. While it might take a bit of experimentation to find the perfect formula, you are sure to find one that can eliminate static electricity while retaining the naturally occurring moisture in your tresses. Be sure to identify your main issues with your hair and read the labels thoroughly to help you find the best product for your needs.

Styling Devices

Ideally, you should limit the number of times you use a styling device on your hair each week to avoid creating unnecessary damage. For example, if you are just going to hang out at home on the weekend, why not allow your hair to dry naturally? Alternatively, you can allow your hair to partially dry before using your styling devices.

Dying and Perming Your Hair

It is important not to have your hair dyed or permed too frequently if you want to keep your its gorgeous looks. In particular, you should never complete both types of treatments at the same time if you want to avoid hair damage.

Hydrating Products

If your scalp becomes itchy and flaky, you probably have an issue with dryness. Choose a hydrating scalp treatment and infuse fresh moisture in your scalp to restore its natural capabilities. Just follow the directions on the product to ensure your scalp is rejuvenated with fresh moisture.

Caring for your hair is an ongoing task that should task place every day. During the winter, however, it is even more important to follow a few tips to help keep your tresses looking their best. If you do so, your hair should look soft and feel manageable all year long. Don’t let cold air and low humidity destroy your hair’s beauty this winter. Pay attention to how it looks and take steps to maintain its natural appearance every day.

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