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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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A Look at ‘Iron Lady’ Tomato

A few GIEI bloggers and gardeners have commented on ‘Iron Lady’ F1 Hybrid released this year by Cornell University (in partnership with North Carolina State University), and sold through High Mowing Seeds. This cultivar is a big step forward in…

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Some quick tomato notes

Here’s my 2013 Tomato Experience so far, with the caveat that I’m only growing one or two plants of each variety, and anything can happen to one or two plants, so it’s far from a proper trial.  I think I…

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