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Preventing Splits and Cracks in Tomatoes

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Watching as beautiful tomatoes come to fruition thanks to your gardening efforts is quite rewarding. As they appear, small and green, transitioning soon to become large, red, and delicious, we wait eagerly for the day they are ready to be plucked from the vine and moved inside to the dinner table. Sometimes during that process, however, things go wrong. One of those things is the formation of growth cracks or splits.Tomato cracks occur when … [Read more …]

The Unloved but Delicious Black Heirloom Tomato

The exotic Black Krim, named after the Crimean Peninsula in the Ukraine. Photo from Tomato Fest

Ok they aren’t really black in most cases, but more a shade of dark purple to, in extreme cases, chocolate, but these wonderful heirloom varieties … [Read more …]

Tomato Type Breakdown: Top Picks for Home Growers

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Tomatoes are one of the most varied plants you can put in your vegetable garden. Available in a wide range of shapes, colors, and tastes, there really … [Read more …]

How to Pick the Right Tomato for Your Garden

The large variety of tomatoes means there is a perfect type for every garden.

For most of us, deciding on a tomato to grow can be a daunting task. The best way to narrow down what ones you want in your garden is to consider a … [Read more …]

The Best Veggies to Grow Indoors


When deciding which plants to grow indoors, you have a lot to consider. The best indoor vegetable choices are ones that are more compact, thus taking … [Read more …]

Midsummer Vegetable Troubleshooting: Part 1


Troubleshooting isn't just for computers. Sometimes questions crop up because of a new problem or situation in our garden.  Just when we … [Read more …]

How to Make Green Tomatoes Ripen Faster

How to Make Green Tomatoes Ripen Faster

Waiting for your green tomatoes to begin ripening can seem like an eternity sometimes. It's like they are just sitting on the vine refusing to turn in … [Read more …]

Winchester Gardens’ Tomato Fertilizer Spikes Review

Winchester Gardens Tomato Fertilizer Spikes Review

Like many tomato gardeners, I am always looking for a better and easier way to grow delicious tomatoes. One of the things I'm always trying to improve … [Read more …]

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