Justin’s Grandma was the first generation on this little dairy. She was one of the neatest people I ever knew. We used to go on road trips together and I loved listening to her talk about the good old days. It made me appreciate her and all of the era’s that she lived through. She was very good at gardening. She used to always give her tomato plants a hair cut. At first I thought it was a little silly. Then I thought about it and realized she was on to something.
This picture is one, yes one, cherry tomato plant growing in my garden this year.
This is a couple of Early Girl tomatoes that are coming around. We have a super short growing season here. We baby our plants along and hope that we will get something out of them.
Grandma said that it is important to hair cut some of the extra tomato vines from the plant. She taught me to prune the vines that aren’t producing any tomatoes. This way all of the energy from the tomato plant will be spent on producing tomatoes and not on useless vines. It also lets the sun shine on the tomatoes, helping them to ripen.
When you start looking, you will be able to see which ones need to be cut.
Then just keep cutting. Or at least attempt to make sure your little boy only cuts the vines that are non producers. He was haircut happy. You can also cut the vine, right after a big bunch of tomatoes, that also helps send the growing power to the tomatoes.
This was haircut #2 for this cherry tomato plant. We still cut this many vines and probably should have done some more chopping.
Thanks to grandma for teaching me a how to grow tomatoes. I wish I would have watched her more closely so I would know exactly when to start hair cutting. I used to just watch her and try to do what she did. Now that I’m solo, I start haircutting when I’m pretty sure that my growing season is short enough that none of the new blossoms will ever turn into tomatoes.
Happy haircutting and enjoy your BLT’s!