You’ve probably come across the common gardening advice arguing that planting tomatoes deeply is an absolute must.
It seems to go against all gardening instincts – especially when proponents recommend the leaves should be buried too.
But, as strange as it may sound, this piece of advice is absolutely true.
Although it is widely circulated across the internet and in gardening circles, there is often an important omission – why should you plant tomatoes deep? And how deep should you plant?
We’re going to break it down.
Sow Thistle Offers Multiple Menu Options
Found almost everywhere, this dandelion look-alike is equally as versatile.
Name: SOW THISTLE
(Sonchus oleraceus and other species)
Sunflower family (Asteraceae)
Sow thistle is commonly mistaken for dandelion, to which it is related. Sow thistle is an annual weed with a more or less erect stem that grows from 1 to 4 feet tall.
The young plant forms a rosette of large, pinnately divided leaves, which are characterized by their almost-triangular terminal lobe. The young sow thistle is distinguished from dandelion by its tender, bluish-green leaves. The lower leaves on the mature plant are glaucous (dull, grayish-green or blue) and pinnately divided. The upper leaves of the mature plant are more or less entire, and they clasp the stem. When a leaf is torn or the stem is cut, a white sap oozes out.
The sow thistle flower is very similar to a dandelion flower. (Photo: Christopher Nyerges)