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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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Do Tomatoes Get Cold Feet?

No, tomatoes really don’t get cold feet but, then, why do they need socks? For protection from the ubiquitous Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs! Two Maryland Food Gardeners have submitted photos of the “Tomato Socks” they created to protect their tomatoes….

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How to harvest tomato seeds

Want to learn how to save tomato seeds for next year? Link on over to Barbara Damrosch’s “A Cook’s Garden” column in the Local Living section of today’s Washington Post.

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Tips for making "quick" tomato sauce

I couldn’t believe it. I had picked so many large red tomatoes—Celebrity, Big Beef, Biltmore, Brandywine—that I had filled two colanders and had to stack scores more of tomatoes on the nearby sidewalk. And then I put them into buckets—one…

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Saving some gold for winter

I remember Grammie Dickson in the late 1940s stirring, stirring, stirring the contents of her dented aluminum pot on her kerosene stove, adjusting the flame occasionally, and stirring, stirring, stirring. She was making yellow tomato preserves. When she declared the…

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Don’t fear this tomato monster

As the sun this morning peeked over the white pines and the thermometer rose into the 80s, I was in our tomato patch hosing water into my ooze irrigation buckets because no measurable rain has fallen for nearly two weeks….

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