All the Dirt on Tomatoes

By Susan Littlefield

Tomato season is coming to a close for gardeners in many parts of the country. But until frost hits, it's time to harvest and enjoy fresh tomatoes, and perhaps preserve some of the bounty for winter eating. If you want to find out how to can, freeze and dry tomatoes, along with advice on preparing fresh tomatoes for use in recipes, you'll enjoy the Web site Tomato Dirt. It includes information on both water bath and pressure canning and step-by-step advice on freezing whole, chopped, sliced and pureed tomatoes.

Besides all this helpful information on using and saving your harvest, the site has lots of information to put to good use next growing season, with advice on starting tomatoes from seed, planting, staking, watering, fertilizing and dealing with tomato problems. There are sections on growing tomatoes in pots and hanging containers and saving seeds, even fun tomato facts and trivia. Did you know that the heaviest tomato on record weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and the gardener who grew it sliced it up to make sandwiches for 21 family members?

And just in time for Halloween, there's even a section with instructions for making your own tomato costume! For those not inclined to sew-it-yourself, there are links to sites selling ready-made tomato costumes. Don't let the Giant Pumpkin hog the spotlight; trick-or-treat as the Giant Tomato!

To visit this informative site, go to: Tomato Dirt.

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