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Tomato Patch: Mrs. Rabbit goes vegetable shopping

Mrs. Rabbit goes vegetable shopping (Apologies to Beatrix Potter) “My dears, I’ve got to dash around to the Ancient Gardener’s vegetable garden and get some food for dinner,” Mrs. Rabbit said to her two children, Peter and Cottontail.  “While I’m…

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Graft in the Tomato Patch?

I’m so embarrassed.  I promised myself I would never pay $8.00 for a grafted tomato plant, even though I’d seen them advertised in several 2013 seed catalogs.  Grafted plants belong in the fruit orchard, not the Tomato Patch—right?  And aren’t…

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Tomato Patch seduction season?

When I think tomatoes, I think seeds, plants, cultivating, and harvesting.  Washington Post columnist Barbara Damrosch has a more attention-grabbing focus: seduction!  I had the biggest smile of the week when I read the first sentence of her most recent…

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Tomato Patch: Unlikely helpers for cleaning it up

Little Buck browses on trashed tomato vines Frost wiped out the Tomato Patch Saturday morning.  Suddenly tomato leaves hung on their vines like limp dish rags—if you’re old enough to remember what they were, literally—and green fruit littered the ground….

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Tomato Patch: Last supper

Last supper from the Tomato Patch We celebrated the approaching end of tomato season 2012 Wednesday evening with a plate of fresh-picked tomatoes and basil from our garden plus a sweet yellow pepper and some good mozzarella and balsamic. Our…

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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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Tomato sauce on the quick—well, sort of

Basic ingredients for sauce Not many gardeners and cooks have the time or patience to make tomato sauce the traditional way—which can take nearly a day if you include the time setting up, preparing the tomatoes for cooking, cooking, canning…

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