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Early Tomatoes

  Anemic-looking tomato plants in greenhouse I wouldn’t have done it without some kind of protection, but last weekend, I started planting tomatoes in the garden. I’m three weeks late – at least by my own gardening calendar.  Here on…

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Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival: my experience

Monticello’s vegetable garden A couple of weeks ago I went to the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, an annual event that I was attending for the fourth time (2009-2011, missed last year). It’s a fun event in a beautiful setting,…

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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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