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  • 1. Choose a bright, airy spot. Plant tomatoes where they will get at least 10 hours of light in summer. And leave room between plants for air to circulate. 2. Rotate even a little. Alternate your tomato bed between even just two spots and you diminish the risk of soil borne diseases such as bacterial spot and early […]

    Secrets to Tomato-Growing Success

    1. Choose a bright, airy spot. Plant tomatoes where they will get at least 10 hours of light in summer. And leave room between plants for air to circulate. 2. Rotate even a little. Alternate your tomato bed between even just two spots and you diminish the risk of soil borne diseases such as bacterial spot and early blight. 3. Pass up overgrown transplants. When buying tomato seedlings, beware of lush green starts with poor root systems. They will languish for weeks before growing. 4....
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  • Meet the growers of super tomatoes: Their tomatoes are as big as cauliflowers, and their plants are stupendously tall and luxuriantly healthy. Year after year, they win contests, give away hundreds of pounds of fruit, and put the growers of ordinary tomatoes to shame. Who are these super-growers, and what miraculous methods, special seeds, and […]

    Growing Giant Tomatoes

    Meet the growers of super tomatoes: Their tomatoes are as big as cauliflowers, and their plants are stupendously tall and luxuriantly healthy. Year after year, they win contests, give away hundreds of pounds of fruit, and put the growers of ordinary tomatoes to shame. Who are these super-growers, and what miraculous methods, special seeds, and fantastic fertilizers do they use? Although this country boasts many great tomato growers, we’ve found four whose huge plants and giant tomatoes are worthy...
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  • One of life’s simple pleasures is a juicy bite of ripe homegrown tomato, with sweet and tart flavors blending magically on the tongue. So what is the best tasting tomato? It depends! Tomato flavor comes from a mix of plant chemistry and garden variables such as temperature, sun, rain, and soil type. Flavor won’t be […]

    Tomato Flavor Basics

    One of life’s simple pleasures is a juicy bite of ripe homegrown tomato, with sweet and tart flavors blending magically on the tongue. So what is the best tasting tomato? It depends! Tomato flavor comes from a mix of plant chemistry and garden variables such as temperature, sun, rain, and soil type. Flavor won’t be the same everywhere or all the time. What are the Basic Components of Tomato Flavor? Flavor is a balance of acidity and sugar, plus the influence of elusive volatile compounds...
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  • If you thumb through a catalog that offers a wide selection of open-pollinated (OP) tomato varieties, you’ll notice that many of them are named after individual people. The listings probably include varieties like Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Dr. Neal, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Aunt Ginny’s Purple, and Crnkovic Yugoslavian. All of these are considered family heirlooms, […]

    Creating Your Own Heirloom Tomatoes

    If you thumb through a catalog that offers a wide selection of open-pollinated (OP) tomato varieties, you’ll notice that many of them are named after individual people. The listings probably include varieties like Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Dr. Neal, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Aunt Ginny’s Purple, and Crnkovic Yugoslavian. All of these are considered family heirlooms, presumably named after the family member who championed them. The unusual names and the history they represent-whether that history...
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  • If tomato varieties are planted in close proximity, pollen from one variety can land on the female part of a blossom, the stigma, of a different variety and lead to some or all hybrid seeds being formed in that fruit. This is commonly referred to as a “cross-pollination” or simply as a “cross.” When cross-pollination […]

    To Bag or Not To Bag!

    If tomato varieties are planted in close proximity, pollen from one variety can land on the female part of a blossom, the stigma, of a different variety and lead to some or all hybrid seeds being formed in that fruit. This is commonly referred to as a “cross-pollination” or simply as a “cross.” When cross-pollination occurs, the fruit will look perfectly normal in the current season; however, the resulting seeds carry genes from each parent and will produce varying progeny in subsequent generations. The...
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