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What’s new in the world of tomatoes? Blue

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors – pears, plums, grapes and currants; pleated, smooth, scalloped and downright ugly; red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, black and now blue. Blue? Actually it is more of a deep purply-black, eggplant-like color. In these so-called blue tomatoes, the pigment becomes darkest where the skin is exposed to the most sunlight and the dark color is only skin-deep; the inside of the tomato is red. The first commercially available blue tomato called “Indigo Rose” was developed at Oregon State University by Dr. Jim Myers. … 0

In the Garden: And the winners for plants of the year are ...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Every year since 1932 the All-America Selections judges have evaluated new varieties of seeds using a nationwide network of test gardens. Entries with the highest average scores are worthy of winning the prestigious AAS Award. Skeptics complain that due to the wide differences in growing conditions across the country, one variety cannot be … 0

In the Garden: Autumn is a great time to plant shrubs

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall is here and some of you have already had a killing frost in your gardens, putting an early end to your growing season. No frost for me yet, but I’m taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to do some down and dirty digging in my perennial garden, getting rid of plants that have taken over, redoing the beds and replacing plants that … 0