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Tomato Patch: Is that a sucker or a fruiting branch?

Know what you’re pinching How can you tell the difference between a tomato plant’s sucker and a fruiting branch when they’re both just beginning to grow? If you don’t pinch suckers, I suppose you don’t have to worry about the…

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Tomato Patch: Stan picks his first big red

Stan’s June 21 prize Stan Purwin, community gardener in Columbia, Maryland, sent me news on Thursday (June 21) that he had picked a Better Boy tomato and that it had “made a terrific BLT.” I posted last year about how…

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Tomato Patch: Solving my living-mulch problem

My living-mulch problem I showed you in a recent posting about the living-mulch problem in the Tomato Patch—thousands of seeds that had sprouted after I put down straw mulch.  I asked readers to send suggestions for solving the problem.  Let…

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Berry Patch: Picking raspberries early this year

Raspberries: four weeks earlier this year Ellen picked half of a small bowl of Heritage red raspberries this morning, nearly a month earlier than in past years. I was quite surprised a few days ago to see a large red…

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Tomato Patch: Help solve my mulch problem

Straw mulch, May 31 I have a new problem—living mulch—in the Tomato Patch, and I hope you will tell me how you think I can solve the problem. I mulched most of my rows of tomato transplants in my usual…

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Deer Country: How cute, but what will it eat?

How cute—a fawn napping in a sunspot in our woods! Two springs ago I surprised a spotted fawn—or did it surprise me?—as it drank from our spring-fed stream.  I was armed with tree trimmings destined for our woodland compost pile,…

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Tomato Patch: Exposing seedlings to reality

Sungolds & Juliets growing fast now This was “toughening up week” at the Tomato Patch.  Late Sunday afternoon I moved my three-week old tomato plants from their warm growing racks under fluorescent lights in our utility room to semi-protected containers…

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