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Summer vegetable review 2017

We’re having a remarkably warm October here in Maryland, and some of the summer crops are still producing, but really, the season is over and it’s just a matter of time before it all goes in the compost heap. This…

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Tomato problems? You’re not alone!

We are at the peak of tomato harvesting and enjoyment time in Maryland. But many gardeners are unhappy, to varying degrees, with the quantity and quality of the fruits of their labor. Those tomatoes we waited so patiently for may…

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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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Steps to prevent and manage tomato leaf spot diseases

Irregular lesions with a yellow halo and target pattern are

We wait what seems like a long time before the first garden tomatoes start to ripen. This is especially true if you grew them indoors first from seed to transplant stage. Invariably, our tomato plants will face seasonal challenges, such…

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Protecting tomatoes against the cold

A picture worth at least a few words, which are: we are still expecting some cold nights coming up, so if you have tomatoes in the ground or are putting them in soon, give them some protection! I couldn’t wait…

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Tobacco hornworms and parasitic wasps

You may have seen damage on your tomato plants from tomato or tobacco hornworm caterpillars, and may also have come across hornworms parasitized by braconid wasps, with white cocoons like grains of rice attached to their backs. I wanted to…

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Tomatoes

In conjunction with this Saturday’s Grow It Eat It Garden Event and the tomato tasting, here’s something you can do with some of the tomatoes once they’re harvested. Brought in from the rather slow garden some Siberian tomatoes yesterday. I…

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