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Tomato problems? You’re not alone!

We are at the peak of tomato harvesting and enjoyment time in Maryland. But many gardeners are unhappy, to varying degrees, with the quantity and quality of the fruits of their labor. Those tomatoes we waited so patiently for may…

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Wilted Plants? Check for Signs of Southern Blight

Southern blight is a plant disease that is active now in hot summer weather. It is caused by a fungus called Sclerotium rolfsii. This fungus has a wide host range including woody plants, vegetables and herbs, and ornamental perennials such as…

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Ask an Expert: Is This Blossom End Rot on My Tomatoes?

Q: I think this is blossom end rot on a tomato. Could you take a look and let me know your thoughts and a solution to the problem? A: While this symptom indeed looks very similar to that of blossom…

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A downy mildew resistant basil?

This is a guest post by Montgomery County MG Mary Anne Normile. I’ve had basil crops devastated by downy mildew for the last few years, so I was excited when I saw seed catalogs offering the basil variety ‘Eleonora,’ which…

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Links post!

Links for your reading in case it does rain more this week. We are very glad to see Saturday’s forecast turning sunny. First, for the do-it-yourselfers: 13 Greenhouse Plans (or at least links to same), and (slightly less seasonally appropriate than…

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Basil downy mildew

Does your basil look like this? Then I’m sorry to say your plants are likely to have downy mildew, a fungal disease that’s fatal to our favorite pesto ingredient. I found it on some of the Italian basil plants in…

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Grafted Tomatoes

San Marzanos as of 24 August Mighty ‘Mato sent me three grafted tomato plants to trial this summer – a grafted Homestead 24, a grafted Heatwave II and a grafted Costoluto Genovese. Grafted plants of any kind are basically one…

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