More Garden Planning: Grafted Tomato Demonstration
Since I’ve been showing off my grafted tomatoes, I guess I’d better share what the Master Gardeners are going to be doing in the Demonstration Garden for tomatoes this year!
We are going to be planting a whole bed to heirloom tomatoes to see if the tomato grafting improves the yield and resistance to nematodes in our garden. We’ll be planting the tomatoes 24″ apart and we’ll use the stake & weave system rather than cages.
We’ll have 6 grafted heirloom plants and 6 non-grafted heirloom plants. There will be 3 varieties, with 2 plants of each in both the grafted and the non-grafted part of the demonstration. We chose 3 different heirlooms, with one of the main factors in the variety selection being how many days to harvest. We wanted varieties that were earlier maturing in case we have another summer like this past summer!