I'm completely with You Grow Girl on this one:
They say that lightly brushing your hands against tomato leaves stimulates a growth hormone in the plant encouraging radial (aka stockier) growth. I’m still searching for a study that supports this but I chose to believe it regardless, which is why I spend some time each morning lightly touching my young tomato seedlings. I’m sure the extra attention helps them grow healthier too. Plus it just smells good.
I don't really care if it helps. I am sure it doesn't hurt, and yes, it smells wonderful! I love touching tomato plants, so this is a great excuse. Speaking of tomatoes, hooray, I got the heirloom tomato plants that I won in Chez Pim's "Menu for Hope" fund raiser. Big thanks to the House of Annie for sponsoring this prize, and for dropping off the booty. What am I going to do with TEN tomato plants, you ask? Why, the smart thing: I'm sharing. I kept five of them for myself, and gave the other five to friends of mine. We'll do a tomato swap when they ripen. I'll have Green Grapes (Annie said everybody ought to try green tomatoes), Granny Cantrell Germans, Orange Russian #117, Black Cherries, and Jaune Flammées - the whole spectrum of sizes and colors. Sean adopted the Berkeley Tie Dye, and Mahesh graciously agreed to take in the Indian Stripe, New Big Dwarf, Green Giant, and Super Italian Paste.
(Don't you just love the names? I know I do. Makes me want to add another raised bed and grow another half dozen.)