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Tomato blight

In the garden: Tomato blight jinxes the best garden ever

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Best garden ever! I had been afraid of saying it out loud for fear of jinxing things, and no sooner had I said these words last week when the tomato plants began to show signs of disease. They were doing fabulously well until then. We ate our first ripe Early Blue Ribbon tomato June 30. It was a new variety for us and though small, they are much tastier than other early tomatoes we have tried in the past. I experimented with grafting some heirloom varieties onto more vigorous rootstock and have been very pleased with the results. They are outgrowing and outproducing their nongrafted … 0

Made in the shade: Plants for sun-challenged gardens

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too much shade! It doesn’t seem possible on a hot July day, but that is the complaint of many gardeners. They just don’t get enough sun in their yards to grow the things they want to grow. Rather than cutting down trees and clearing wide swaths of land to bring in more light, … 0

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 … 0