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Re: does one pinch tomatoes?

Kitty, I do not pinch but I do prune up the stem as it matures to approx. 1', 
lay newspapers around the plant and top with grass clippings several inches 
thick.   Disease is caused by water splashing from the soil to the lower leaves 
and this helps prevent that & the papers & clippings hold a consistent 
moisture.   I do not fertilize but add compost to the beds each fall.   My tomatoes 
get 8-9' tall & produce masses of fruit.   The Sweet Baby Girl did not get 
quite that tall last year which was the first year I grew the variety. Be fore 
fall frost I gather the green tomatoes & place in a brown paper sack to ripen.   
They are much to tall to pull & hang.   Bonnie, isn't that   a mess?
     BTW, Kitty, I plant my tomatoes in the ground approx May 15.

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