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Deep Into Tomatoes

Supersauce Tomato in hand, 3 big Mamas on right  Yes, it’s been a hard season so far. Lotsa water has encouraged fungal diseases and blight among other things. But it seems churlish to complain since we’re often faced with drought,…

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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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Pushing the Season – Protecting The Tomatoes

Tomato plants protected by Wall o’ Water It was 36F when I got up yesterday morning, above freezing, but last night, we had a definite frost. And I have ten tomato plants that I started from seed already stuck in…

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Big Mamas and Hardneck Garlic

Big Mamas ready for canning I’m sorry to hear about (and am mystified by) Bob Nixon’s blossom end-rot quandary since everything he’s examined and tested for is what I recommend to my friends around here they deal with blossom end…

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Cherry Tomatoes=Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad We have a kind of contest here on the upper Eastern Shore to see who can bring the first tomato to the table each year. The goal is to get it there not only first, but also…

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Tomato ups and downs

Well, this is depressing. This is the full, ugly picture of stink bug damage:  a doomed tomato (in my despair I forgot to note which variety) in the Derwood Demo Garden.  (That’s a cucumber beetle hanging out on the side. …

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Tomato Time

Here on the upper Eastern Shore we’ve been suffering for weeks now. What little rain we’ve had – literally a few drops here, a minutes-long shower there — has been exceedingly spotty. I got a whole inch one day nearly…

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