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Tomato Patch: Tale of two Big Mamas

Kent & his Big Mama tomatoes Big Mama has failed me again this year.  Like last year, her paste-type fruit is affected by blossom-end rot in disastrous numbers. If you aren’t sure what blossom-end rot (BER) is, here’s a description…

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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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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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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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Tomato Patch: Tomato plants for holiday decorating

Ready for the mantle? Veggie growers will have to admit the University of New Hampshire has come up with a brilliant idea: Tomato plants as holiday decorations and gifts. This tomato grower is smiling from ear to ear, and beyond,…

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