How To Choose Tomato Plants

How To Choose Tomato Plant Seedlings

Many vegetable gardeners, myself included, choose to buy tomato plants from a garden center rather than start them from seed. Doing this is a great way to jump start the tomato production in the garden. Tomato plants are quite adaptive, which makes them a superb candidate for transplanting.Tomatoes are arguably the most popular vegetable in the home garden. Nearly 24 million tomato plants are sold each year in the U.S., far surpassing any … [Read more...]

Tomato Disease Resistance List

Tomato Disease Resistance Abbreviations List

Whenever you look at the plant tag or seed packet of tomatoes, you may see a bunch of strange abbreviations. Those abbreviations indicate that the cultivar has been bred for specific disease resistance. Combinations of V, F, and N are the most important to look for, but try to choose cultivars bred for resistance to problems common in your geographical area. To help clarify what these abbreviations stands for, I developed this list:ASC = … [Read more...]

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

As the economy flounders, more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own vegetables. With this incoming wave of vegetable gardening popularity comes a new group of novice gardeners. This is great news for the vegetable gardening community, and I say it's about time you got involved in growing your own vegetables.Some vegetables are easier to grow than others, and there always seems to be some type of pest that's ready to … [Read more...]

Tomato Green Bean Soup


INGREDIENTS1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped carrots 2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine 6 cups chicken broth 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 1 garlic clove, minced 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes 1/4 cup minced fresh basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper DIRECTIONS1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and carrots in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, … [Read more...]

Fried Green Tomatoes


INGREDIENTS4 large green tomatoes 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup bread crumbs 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 quart vegetable oil for frying DIRECTIONS1. Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Discard the ends.2. Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread … [Read more...]

Fried Green Tomato Lasagna


INGREDIENTS4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 5 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 large green tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese … [Read more...]

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich


INGREDIENTS6 (1/4 inch thick) slices green tomato 1 egg, beaten 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup cooking oil 2 tablespoons butter 4 slices sourdough bread 6 (1/4 inch thick) slices red tomato 2 slices pepperjack cheese 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno slices DIRECTIONS1. Dip slices of green tomato into beaten egg, then cover in cornmeal to coat, shaking off the excess. Heat the oil in a … [Read more...]

Composting for a Vibrant Garden


Whether you are new to vegetable gardening or a seasoned pro, composting is a topic that comes up frequently. Many gardeners live and die by composting; others could care less about it. The truth is composting is a great way to feed rich, fertile nutrients to your garden plants.Back in the day, composting was mainly considered an activity for the die-hard gardener that had huge amounts of garden space and land. It was often viewed as … [Read more...]

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