Grafted Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a popular purchase at our annual plant sale. We offer both traditional and grafted tomatoes, and the planting instructions are very different.

Since tomatoes will root from the stem, “traditional” tomatoes are planted deeply, to encourage a stronger root system. But if you plant grafted tomatoes too deep, you’ll lose the benefit of the graft.

Jim, our lead grafter, has written a Grafted Tomato Planting Care Ins to help you get the most out of your grafted tomato. 


ALWAYS READ THE LABEL – Taking a fresh look at the label is important whenever using garden pesticides – whether chemical or organic. Labels will tell you what diseases, insects or weeds should be controlled and where the product may be used. It will also tell you the mixing or application rate and safety precautions that should be taken when handling. Continue reading



• Fertilize your late-spring flowering bulbs as soon as they finish blooming – use 5-10-5 or 5-10-10 fertilizer or a water-soluble fertilizer according to directions. Continue reading


Planting Out

• Pull weeds before applying a fresh layer of mulch on landscape beds.

• Water-in all transplants. Planting on a cloudy day will minimize the shock to new plants. Continue reading



• First of all–patience! April is early in our gardening year. As soon as we get a taste of the warm weather to come, we gardeners get itchy to garden! Remember that the “early risers” are first to wake. Don’t assume that plant you bought last summer didn’t survive because it’s not rising with the bleeding hearts. Many plants won’t break dormancy until the end of April, early May. Don’t make rash decisions. Continue reading



Clean up the flower garden. Remove dead annuals, cut back dead tops on perennials, thin out groundcovers, trim a few unruly shrub branches, stash stakes and pull weeds. Leave some tops on heavy seeder perennials for the birds. Continue reading