Category Archives: Tomatoes

Tomato Temptation

I made a last-minute trip to the garden center at the end of May and two tomato plants hitched a ride home with me. They were so cheap and so tall and healthy that I couldn’t resist them. I’ve had … Continue reading

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Tough Tomatoes

Shortly after I planted my tomatoes in late May, temperatures took a nosedive into the 30s for several nights. Some of my basil plants were severely stunted, but my tomatoes—which also hate cold temperatures—appear to have escaped unscathed. The foliage … Continue reading

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Tomato ‘Totem’

I’m trying to narrow down the list of tomatoes I want to grow next summer. While researching varieties the other day I came across an intriguing review on one of the seed catalog websites. A man wrote about how much … Continue reading

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Definitely a Keeper

I finally pulled up my ‘Chef’s Choice’ tomato plants two weeks ago when we had our first light frost. The plants were still so loaded with green tomatoes that I felt guilty composting them. In late September it was still … Continue reading

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Tomato ‘Chef’s Choice’

I was so impressed with the ‘Chef’s Choice’ tomato I tested this summer that I’m already looking forward to growing it again next summer. I started my plant from seed in early April and tucked it into a barrel in … Continue reading

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My Tomatoes Need to Go on a Diet

I’m growing two ‘Cherokee Purple’ tomato plants this summer, and both of them have freakishly-huge fruits on them. When I was outside photographing some of my flowers the other day I turned around just in time to see this particular … Continue reading

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Too Many Tomatoes?

I’m pretty sure the last thing I need while participating in a CSA share over the summer is more tomatoes, yet I still couldn’t stop myself from picking up a few plants at the garden center recently. I really like … Continue reading

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The Fruits of the Garden Center’s Labor

After several years of vegetable disasters (mostly at the hands of late blight and hungry chipmunks), I decided not to sprout any peppers or tomatoes from seed this year. But when I was picking up some herbs at the garden … Continue reading

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Tempting Tomatoes

I grow my tomatoes next to our screened porch because it’s the sunniest spot in the yard. Since late blight has turned tomato growing into a giant headache recently, my plan was to turn that patch of soil into a … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess with ‘Grandaddy’

How’s this for a whopper? I tried to stick with disease-resistant hybrids and earlier-fruiting tomatoes this year in case late blight reared its ugly head. Of the eleven (new-to-me) cultivars I tried, ‘Grandaddy’ was the most impressive. The determinate plants … Continue reading

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