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Tomato Patch: Time for green manure?

Green manure–or something else? I’ve bought many bags of composted manure over the years, and when I opened them in our garden, the manure was dark brown.  When I buy a pickup load of composted horse manure and shredded leaves…

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Tomato Patch: Last pickings

The end is near The diseased leaves and vines of Tomato Patch 2011 told me it was time to pick the last of this year’s tomatoes and tear out the nearly dead plants—three or four weeks before I usually do…

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Tomato Patch: Beginning of an early end?

Tomato Patch 2011: An early end? Sometimes the Tomato Patch gets too much of a good thing—rain. Early in the season I searched the sky for signs of rain clouds as I filed my drip-irrigation buckets.  In the last month…

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Tomato Patch: Is it "mealy, mushy" time?

Celebrity tomatoes (and a stink bug)when the temperature was under 50 this morning The thermometer got me to thinking this morning.  It was 43.7°F just before sunrise, the lowest temperature in the Tomato Patch since I set out the plants in…

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Tomato Patch: Ginny’s thick & quick tomato sauce

Ready to make sauce My tomato sauces for years were, well, unremarkable.  To be honest, sometimes I thought they were more like tomato juice than sauce.  I read magazine and newspaper articles and answers to Frequently Asked Questions in my…

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Tomato Patch: Do They Have More Fun in Spain?

Tired of weeding your Tomato Patch?  Tired of fighting the stink bugs?  Tired of uprighting tomato cages tilted by a passing hurricane?  Maybe you’re itching for a good tomato fight. When I was a teenager in New Jersey and picked…

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Tomato Patch: Getting ready for Hurricane Irene

Ready for Irene Just how much trauma can the Tomato Patch take in one week—a 5.9 earthquake on Tuesday and a brush with Hurricane Irene on Friday or Saturday? The earthquake had no visible effect on the Patch. I haven’t…

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