I am a first-time veggie gardener growing six tomato plants (one row of costoluto genovese and one row of Berkeley tie-dye pink) in a raised bed along with other veggies and herbs. As soon as I planted them outside after starting from seed I realized the two rows were too close together (only a little more than a foot apart; spacing in the rows is about 18") but at the time the plants were so spindly and frail looking I didn't want to move them. I also had been pinching out the suckers wen the plants were small but again by the time they went outside they looked so pitiful I decided to leave them alone for a while. Then work got crazy busy for a few weeks and I ignored them besides regular watering and occasionally tying a wayward branch to the stakes and lo and behold they are dense bushy giants, with lots of fruit and blossoms.
So, I assume I should prune them to get some air and light in there, but where do I start? How much to cut off? I'm thinking I should trim off every other blossom-less branch? Any tips or advice appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Hi Dulcinea, I think you have done well for a first time veggie gardener , Your plants Look very healthy. Keep up the good work. Happy gardening