TOMATOES --- 5 easy ways to go from mediocre to marvelous: 1. Apply mulch to conserve water and reduce disease. 2. Use drip irrigation instead of sprinklers to keep leaves dry and limit disease. 3. Water often to minimize splits and avoid plant stress. 4. Space 3 feet apart so air can circulate freely and light reaches the entire plant. 5. Remove sprouts and leaves from main stem up to 12" above the ground.