MADISON (WKOW) -- If you can't wait for the first red, ripe tomato, there are many ways to achieve your gardening goal.
Allow tomatoes to sprawl across the ground for the largest, though latest, harvest. Watch out - many tomatoes are lost to disease, insects, and people when weeding and harvesting.
Place a tower over the tomatoes at planting - they'll produce fewer fruit, but they will ripen sooner. Place the stake in the ground at planting. As the plants begin to grow, prune off all side branches that form between the stem and the leaf. Loosely tie the remaining one or two stems to the stake. You should continue this throughout the season.
Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.
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