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    The Tomato of the month for September 2009 is the Roma tomato. Roma tomatoes are one of the most popular tomatoes grown in home gardens and commercially. The Roma's appeal comes from its great flavor and many culinary uses. Roma tomatoes are determinate tomatoes that are plum-shaped, and can be...
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    Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? That is a question that has been around since the discovery of the tomato. There are many different views and opinions on whether a tomato is classified as a fruit or as a vegetable. Generally when we think of fruit, we think of a sweet apple or peach, while a...
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    Today I decided to go out to the garden and snap a few pictures of various things going on in my garden. I ended up taking a lot of pictures. These pictures are of various things ranging from some of the plants that are growing, to different insects (including some not so friendly pests). I...
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    This is final part of a seven part series on some quirks that can be found with tomatoes. This article will end the Tomato Quirks Series. If you missed the first six articles, you can check them out here: Tomato Quirks Part 1 - Catfacing Tomato Quirks Part 2 - Bumpy Stems Tomato Quirks Part 3...
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    This is Part Six of a seven part series on some quirks that can be found with tomatoes. If you missed the other Tomato Quirks articles, you can check them out here: Tomato Quirks Part 1 - Catfacing Tomato Quirks Part 2 - Bumpy Stems Tomato Quirks Part 3 - Green Shoulders Tomato Quirks Part 4...
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    This is Part Five of a seven part series on some quirks that can be found with tomatoes. If you missed the first four articles, you can check them out here: Tomato Quirks Part 1 - Catfacing Tomato Quirks Part 2 - Bumpy Stems Tomato Quirks Part 3 - Green Shoulders Tomato Quirks Part 4 -...
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    This is Part Four of a seven part series on some quirks that can be found with tomatoes. If you are interested in the other Tomato Quirks articles, here are the links: Tomato Quirks Part 1 - Catfacing Tomato Quirks Part 2 - Bumpy Stems Tomato Quirks Part 3 - Green Shoulders Tomato Quirks...
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    This is Part Three of a seven part series on quirks that can be found with tomatoes. If you are interested in checking out the other Tomato Quirk articles, here are the links: Tomato Quirks Part 1 - Catfacing Tomato Quirks Part 2 - Bumpy Stems Tomato Quirks Part 4 - Sunscald Tomato Quirks...
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    This is Part Two of a seven part series on Tomato Quirks. If you missed the previous article on catfacing, please check it out: Tomato Quirks Part 1 - Catfacing. You go out to your garden, begin checking out your tomatoes plants, and picking some great looking tomatoes. Then all of a sudden you...
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    This article begins the series on Tomato Quirks. Each article in the series will feature a common tomato quirk you may find in your vegetable garden. Tomato quirks are typically abnormalities that are found while growing tomatoes. They are usually harmless, but they may produce strange looking...
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    Welcome to the Tomato of the Month for August 2009! This is the first of a series of posts I will be featuring on the first day of each month. Each month will bring a new variety of tomato, and some information about each one. With thousands of different varieties of tomatoes available, it...
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    Have you ever gone out to the garden, and found a ripening tomato that gets your mouth watering, only to find that it is cracked or split open? The first reaction could be disappointment, followed by anger. Your mind flashes through possible scenarios that involve animal pests, insect pests, or...
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    One of the vegetable gardening blogs/websites that I check out frequently is Kenny Point's veggiegardeningtips.com. His website is always packed with very interesting articles and videos. Recently he featured a video on a new tomato trellising and training system. This system looks like a far...
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    About a year ago I was speaking with a friend of mine, and he mentioned dry farming. My first reaction to this was "Dry wha...?". He began to explain what dry farming was and the methodology behind it. To be honest, I was very skeptical and really thought he was pulling my leg. I jumped on the...
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    Anyone that has found hornworms in the vegetable garden knows they can literally destroy a plant in no time. These caterpillars can be a trifling nuisance for tomatoes, peppers, and some herbs. One hornworm can strip a plant of it's leaves in just a few hours - they are eating machines. Because...
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    If you go out to the vegetable garden one day and find the bottom leaves of your tomato plant are turning yellow, don't go into a panic. There are many reasons why tomato leaves turn yellow, and usually it is a fairly easy fix. Some situations that can cause yellow leaves are under-watering and...
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    If you are new to vegetable gardening, you probably have heard the phrase "true leaves" a time or two. This is especially true if growing from seed, where this phrase is used most often. But what exactly are true leaves? When a seed first emerges from the soil, or potting mixture, it has a set...
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    I started using Tomato-tone Organic Fertilizer in 2007, soon after planting my tomato plants for the season. I was at my local gardening center just loafing around, checking out what had recently come in. In the back of my mind, I was wanting to find a new fertilizer to use on my tomatoes and...
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    Determining a ripe tomato might seem fairly obvious to most vegetable gardeners, right? A tomato is ripe once it turns (or begins turning) red. But what if it's an heirloom variety that is green when ripe? Or yellow? Or pink? Or orange? How can you determine it is ripe for the picking? Let's...
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    One problem that tomato growers have faced at one time or another is blossom end rot. There is nothing more frustrating than picking what appears to be a nice tomato, only to find that the bottom end (or blossom end) has started to rot. Many times it is prevalent early in the season, but tends...
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