I grow tomatoes every year, because I just love the taste of a vine ripened tomato nice and hot from the sun right off the vine. My tomato growing skills however are a bit lackluster, so I am determined to change that this year. Everyone I ask who has great tomatoes always says the same thing. Remove the sucker branches. (See the photo below for which these are.) They grow between the main branch, and the large side branches. These suckers take away a lot of the energy from the vine that the plant should be using to grow tomatoes. They also create a lot of shade within the plant, so the more important branches don’t get sun. One of the cool things about removing these suckers is that you can root them and grow a whole new plant! Or, you can just stick them in the ground, keep them watered, and they will grow on their own! As they say on AGardenForTheHouse.com: Now, you don’t have to remove the suckers from your vines. But left to their own devices, I can tell you that tomato plants soon grow an enormous quantity of stems, require vast amounts of space and endless tying, are susceptible to disease, and produce low-quality fruit. However, a well-pruned vine, one whose leaves are all exposed to the sun, invites both health and jumbo-size produce. And such a vine can be easily maintained in small, 12-to-18-inch quarters.
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This is the kind of tip that I find so exciting for some reason. I love when people with experience on any given topic develop their own techniques for doing things better. This trick comes from amateurgardening.com and lets you save a ton of time and money growing as many rose bushes as you want for almost free! You can take cuttings of roses from a friend, or from your own rose bushes, and make as many new rose bushes as you wish. All you need is a cutting and a small potato! After you cut a nice section of the rose bush (The cutting should be about 9in (23cm) long. Cut just below a bud at the base. Then remove the leaves and thorns from the bottom half. You can leave a couple of leaf systems at the top of the cutting if you wish), you simply take the cut end and jam it into a small potato. Then you plant the potato, with the rose bush jammed into it, in the ground keeping cuttings about 6 inches apart. That’s all there is to it! They say that the roses will not have fully rooted until Fall, but now is the time to get them in the ground!