A tomato with blossom-end rot.
A water-soaked spot at the blossom end of tomato fruits is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem is not a disease, but rather a physiological disorder caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. It can occur in pepper, squash, cucumber and melon fruits as well as tomat [...]
Cindy and Kathy at the photo shoot.
Like many good ideas, it all began with a casual hallway conversation. Back in the office after a sunny May weekend, Cindy and I were talking about which gardening chores we’d managed to cross off our lists. We had both planted our tomatoes that weekend, but she had put up tomato ladders and I had put [...]
Tomato Success Kits with customized irrigation
Lincoln grew corn in a Self-Watering Patio Planter. “I planted eight seeds per container and the yield was two full ears per plant. The variety is Sweet Maple Hybrid from Burpee.
What if you took the concept of “self-watering” a step further by adding a hose to fill the reservoi [...]
A ripe Indigo Rose tomato. Photo: Tiffany Woods, Oregon State University
What’s the garden’s most fashionable color this growing season? It’s purple, at least as far as tomatoes are concerned. A new variety of tomato, called Indigo Rose for its deep purple, nearly black skin, is gaining popularity with gardeners for its unus [...]
After reading all the comments, it’s clear that many gardeners are looking for a tall support. At 53 inches, the Tomato Tower is our tallest.
Our poll has ended and the results are in! Over 3,000 votes were cast, and the Tomato Cage is the preferred tomato support with 59% of the vote. Tomato Ladders came in second (17%), and [...]
Early blight. Photo courtesy of Meg McGrath, Cornell University
A spell of cool, rainy weather in many parts of the country has created the ideal environment for tomato diseases to flourish. Fungal diseases like late blight, anthracnose and septoria leaf spot spread like wildfire on wet leaves. For many tomato growers, the question isn’ [...]
Like me, you’re probably hoping to eat a lot of tomatoes this month.
Like me, you’re probably planning to eat a lot of tomatoes in the next 60 days. Tomato sandwiches and tomato salads are my go-to favorites, but I’m always on the lookout for new ways to savor the tomato harvest.
Here’s an easy tomato tart re [...]
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