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Blossom End RotBlossom End Rot
By psa on July 2, 2013

White or black patches on the bottom of the tomato are known as Blossom End Rot (BER) and usually indicate a lack of nutrients getting to the tomato. It can be due to a calcium deficiency or acidic soil, or poor growing conditions. Sometimes it clears up on its own after the first crop.

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Watering TipsWatering Tips
By psa on June 30, 2013

Going outside and spraying your plants with a hose may not produce the best results. There are a few guidelines that will help your plants grow optimally.

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What Is a Determinate Tomato?What Is a Determinate Tomato?
By psa on June 10, 2013

Determinate tomato plants will produce a single large crop in a smaller space. They can be easily grown in common tomato cages and then removed when production declines. Indeterminate tomatoes, which include most heirloom varieties, continue to grow throughout the season and are especially productive where the growing season is long. They will require staking, pruning, and tying, or a more robust custom cage to keep them upright.

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What Is a Hybrid Seed? What Is the Difference Between Open Pollinated and Heirloom Seeds?What Is a Hybrid Seed? What Is the Difference Between Open Pollinated and Heirloom Seeds?
By psa on February 16, 2013

Hybrid plant varieties do not come true from seed, and seedlings will produce mostly undesirable fruit and/or off-type flowers. Open pollinated and heirloom varieties have been selected over many generations, and you can plant the seeds to get the same type of plant again.

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Rediscovering TomatoesRediscovering Tomatoes
By psa on January 16, 2013

What could you compare to a ripe tomato, fresh from the garden? Tomatoes are consistently one of the most popular edible garden plants, grown all over the world, yet most people have only tried a bland handful of the thousands of varieties available. For decades tomato availability was controlled by canning, shipping, and mechanical harvesting and processing needs, but now we're finally seeing a return to the flavors, textures, and versatility that made tomatoes so compelling in the first place.

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A Watering TipA Watering Tip
By psa on May 24, 2012

Consider drip feed or soaker hose watering to efficiently keep your soil moist without encouraging foliage diseases. Mulch can increase the effectiveness of these watering methods, feed the plants, protect the roots, and trap soil-borne diseases and pests away from the foliage.

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A Quick Tip About AphidsA Quick Tip About Aphids
By psa on May 8, 2012

Aphids come in all colors, including green, yellow, red, and black, doing damage primarily to young, tender foliage and buds. They're defenseless and can easily be squished, brushed, or sprayed off. Insecticidal soap sprays and oils may be used as well, but they will harm your aphid predators, too. Control for ants in the area, since colonies often spread aphids, protecting them and feeding off of the sticky sweet substance they produce.


Adding Lime to TomatoesAdding Lime to Tomatoes
By psa on January 25, 2012

When growing tomatoes in potting mix, add a cup or two of dolomite lime, depending on pot size. Tomatoes require more minerals and a less acidic growing medium than most plants that the common mixes are formulated for.


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