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You Say Tomayto I Say Tomahto

   Tomatoes are what most gardeners who grow veggies wait for all year. For some, fresh, summer-ripe tomatoes are so key to summertime eating that they’re the only things they grow. That first juicy slicer right off their own plants…

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More pictures of destruction

I was so hoping that perhaps a little miracle would have happened during the night. Or that perhaps the tomato plant was going to hold on long enough for the tomatoes to ripen. But in my heart I knew better;…

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The death of my tomato patch

I have been growing tomatoes since I was 16. I have grown tomatoes in the Netherlands and in Wisconsin and I have never experienced anything like this. On Thursday I walked into my vegetable garden and one of my tomato…

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Early blight comes early

This photo illustrates three things: 1) Hurray, I did have a ripe tomato by the Fourth of July.  Okay, so it’s not a big slicer; it’s a Sun Gold cherry tomato (on a plant mysteriously labeled Black Cherry.  I didn’t…

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Cucumber and squash mosaic virus prevention

This fall I took over an abandoned plot at the South Germantown Community Garden, one of a network of community gardens run by Montgomery County Parks.  (My garden at home is increasingly shady, and I am so happy to be…

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Reflections on the 2012 tomato season

Post by Sabine Harvey It is almost December and I still haven’t written my reflections on this past tomato season. Let mestart by saying that I grow all my tomatoes from seed. I grow these seedlings not only for my…

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Tomato Patch: Should I take a hint—or two or three?

Heavy with seeds orstaring at weeds? Our thermometer read 54°F early this morning—a refreshing temperature for sleeping with open windows—but also a hint to central Maryland gardeners that fall is coming with a “first fall frost” sometime in October.  The…

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