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Question: my tomato plants don't appear to be doing well in my victory garden. They are not yellow, they do stand straight and tall. My garden has been planted 3 weeks going on 4, seems like they should be putting out new leaves? Hasn't rained here for quite some time, water garden very well everyday. Help

Answer: Most plants are tolerant of a wide range of temperatures and soil types, but when everything is just perfect for them, they grow and flower and set fruit. You can't control the weather but you can provide as many of the other things your plants crave to get them them to grow well for you. Daily watering might be a little excessive. A deep soaking once or twice a week is about all your plants will need. How often you need to water depends upon your soil type and the weather. The best thing to do is to water well and then wait a few days. Dig down into the soil to see how moist the soil is. If it is still moist an inch below the surface, you won't need to water for a few more days. If it seems dry, it's time to water again. You didn't mention whether or not you've fed your veggies. You can use a water soluable ferilizer such as Miracle Gro and spray it on the leaves (foliar feeding) as well as on the soil. Or, you can use a time release granular fertilizer for long term feeding. This, along with good weather, should make your veggies grow nice for you. Best wishes with your garden!

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