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Tis the  Season...for Tomatoes that is...

Tis' the Season...for Tomatoes that is...

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It is that time of summer where we have sated our first summer tomato yearnings and moved on to just-picked tomatoes lined up on the backporch waiting to be incorporated into today's menus, or processed for the cold months to come. I love having a tomato glut.

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Get a Head Start on Your Cilantro

Get a Head Start on Your Cilantro

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I love cilantro in the garden, but it's the fastest bolting herb I've ever come across.

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Tomaccio Tomatoes Are All Dried Up

'Tomaccio' Tomatoes Are All Dried Up

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The new 'Tomaccio' tomato was specially bred for drying into sweet raisin tomatoes. But the results are disappointing.

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Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

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It is that time of year, when we are up to our ears in squash, so now you can harvest the blossoms for delectable dishes!

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Video: Creating School Raised Bed Gardens

Video: Creating School Raised Bed Gardens

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Our Camarillo Community Gardens members, members of the Master Gardeners, school staff, parents and students came together to create a new batch of raised bed gardens at a local school. The response...

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All We Need is Our Lemon Cucumbers

All We Need is Our Lemon Cucumbers

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Every year since I can remember, we've over-planted cucumbers. This year, we ended the cuke parade.

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An Easy Way to Dry Chili Peppers

An Easy Way to Dry Chili Peppers

We'll also be canning some peppers - although not many since the chiweenies trampled a ton of my plants this year.

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QUESTION: Overwatering Tomatoes?

QUESTION: Overwatering Tomatoes?

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My tomato plant get leaves that get yellow, then dry out. My crop on my tomatoes is not very good. Also they do not get very big. Am I watering them too much? Thank you Stella

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Homegrown / Homemade: Tomatoes

Homegrown / Homemade: Tomatoes

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Traditionally, canning tomato sauce is a lengthy affair, but you can speed matters considerably by making and canning a fresh tomato puree, which later on can be transformed into sauce, soup, or even ketchup.

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Sweet Treats Lives Up to Its Name

Sweet Treats Lives Up to Its Name

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The new pink cherry tomato called ‘Sweet Treats’ is genetically different from red cherry tomatoes in the way it looks and tastes.

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All About Compost

All About Compost

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Composting turns kitchen and yard scraps into a marvelous soil amendment, and you don't have to do much to accomplish this stunning transformation. Follow the links to learn all about the benefits of composting, composting systems, building a compost bin, managing your compost, compost tea, and worm composting.

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QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

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Recently my zucchini and summer squash plants have stopped producing squash. I have this morning 23 blossoms, all male, on 3 plants. The plants are very large and healthy. Does anyone know the...

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Support Local Farmers by Joining a CSA

Support Local Farmers by Joining a CSA

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Personally, I think this is the best thing to come along since Kleenex.

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QUESTION: Insect Issues

QUESTION: Insect Issues

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What insect makes these webs?  They are far too fine for a spider--they are like sheer pantyhose.  Sometimes I cannot even see them until the fine spray from my hose highlights their...

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QUESTION: Help! Nematodes Are Killing My Beloved Tomatoes

QUESTION: Help! Nematodes Are Killing My Beloved Tomatoes

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Okay, so I'm only a second season backyard gardener and for gardening info, I'm based in Southern California, a few blocks from the ocean. We put in two 4x6 beds last year and had bumper crops...

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The Victory Garden Composter

The Victory Garden Composter

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A compost bin is simply essential in your garden. This two-bin design is simple, efficient, and won't break your budget to make.

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Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit?

Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit?

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The Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest is on again this year to find the strangest looking vegetable or fruit you've either grown in your own garden or found at your local farmer's market.

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What Watermelon Varieties Are You Harvesting This Summer?

What Watermelon Varieties Are You Harvesting This Summer?

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Mark Twain once said, "When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat." You'll get no argument here.

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The EGGplant and I

The EGGplant and I

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Our gardens are in full swing and one of my favorite summer vegetables is eggplant! There are infinite ways to cook this tasty aubergine. In Greece, it is beloved and on every menu in at least three to five different preparations. I have only two varieties in my garden, however the farmers' markets are brimming over with eggplants in every color and shape. Enjoy them now!

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Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

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If your squash plants are thriving, but fruit is tiny and shrivels on the vine, the problem could be that the flowers aren't being pollinated by bees and other insects. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: hand pollination. You take a male flower and transfer its pollen to female flowers. See how it's done in this video.

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