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Its Time to Celebrate Tomatoes

It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes

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A tomato fest was the perfect way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo. From tomato taste-off to specialty tomato recipes, it was a day to show some love to one of our all-time favorite fruits.

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Summer Bounty

Summer Bounty

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It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now!

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Root Pruning Ripens Green Tomatoes

Root Pruning Ripens Green Tomatoes

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It's an age-old vegetable gardening question: How can I get green tomatoes to ripen faster? Root pruning is one way to help speed up the ripening process.

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Container Tomato Yields Big Results

Container Tomato Yields Big Results

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In a surprise victory for small-space vegetable gardeners, a container-grown tomato won the largest tomato contest at a local garden center and a $100 gift card payday.

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How to Diagnose Tomato Problems

How to Diagnose Tomato Problems

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If you’ve ever wondered what’s wrong with your tomato plants, you need Tomato MD. This easy-to-use interactive app takes the guesswork out of diagnosing 35 different problems that affect tomato plants -- and what to do about them.

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How to Make Tomato Sauce

How to Make Tomato Sauce

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If you have too many tomatoes, why not make tomato sauce? Here’s a simple process for turning a bumper crop of homegrown tomatoes into an unbelievably tasty tomato sauce.

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Tomato-Raisin Chutney

Tomato-Raisin Chutney

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If you still have homegrown tomatoes here is a recipe to try! We recently made this chutney for our reception at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring foods of the British Isles—it was my favorite recipe of the evening. The members of the Ozark Unit of the HSA prepared all of the foods after researching through many cookbooks and this recipe is adapted from a recipe from The Irish Pub Cookbook by Margaret Johnson.

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Roundup of the Top Tomatoes for 2014

Roundup of the Top Tomatoes for 2014

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A late start, continued unseasonably cool weather and drenching rains early in the season meant tomatoes had a difficult time this year. The vegetable garden eventually came around and there were plenty of tomatoes to enjoy. Here are my top picks for 2014.

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Summer Salad, Nicoise-Style

Summer Salad, Nicoise-Style

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Summertime and the living is easy--supper time involves as little cooking as possible--and preparing something simple with garden produce. Here is a recipe for an easy salad, Nicoise-style, using whatever you have on hand.

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Garden Bounty: Late Summer Garden Happenings

Garden Bounty: Late Summer Garden Happenings

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What's going on in your garden? As the harvest season is peaking and some of our summer vegetable and herb plants are winding down, it is time for preserving, tidying up and getting ready to plant a few fall crops.

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Toss a Tomato Tasting Party

Toss a Tomato Tasting Party

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If you want to be the most popular gardener in your neighborhood, plan an end-of-season tomato tasting party. It’s a great way to make friends, celebrate the harvest and find new tomato varieties to plant in your garden next year.

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Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues

Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues

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In honor of Independence Day, here’s my salute to the red, white and blue—tomatoes, that is.

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5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013

5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013

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As the year draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at lessons learned in the container vegetable garden. Here are the top five "Best Of" ideas from 2013.

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Garden Trials Yield New Vegetable Choices

Garden Trials Yield New Vegetable Choices

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The results are in from the Harris Seeds annual Home Garden Trials. Vegetable gardeners now have some new green beans, squash and tomato choices for 2014.

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Drying on the Vine

Drying on the Vine

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It turns out there’s an alternative to drying tomatoes in the oven or using a vegetable dehydrator in the kitchen. Just let the sun do the work.

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Grafted vs. Ungrafted Tomato Report

Grafted vs. Ungrafted Tomato Report

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Gardeners will start seeing more grafted vegetables on the market next season. But are they worth the extra expense? Here are the results of one gardener's side-by-side tomato trial.

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Small Batch Preserving

Small Batch Preserving

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Small-batch preserving is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or those with vegetables that don’t ripen all at once. It's also an easy, time-saving alternative to marathon canning sessions. Here's how to fill the freezer with small batches of tomatoes, peppers and zucchini.

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The Sweetest Tomatoes Win Top Prizes

The Sweetest Tomatoes Win Top Prizes

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The NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato Challenge is back on the calendar this year. Home gardeners in three cities line up to test their tomato-growing skills against others.

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Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

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At the end of last year’s gardening season, I snipped the terminal shoot from a tomato plant, plunked it in a jar of water and kept it over the winter. Here’s how it looks today.

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Grafted Tomato Trials Set to Begin

Grafted Tomato Trials Set to Begin

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This year’s gardening trials for Harris Seeds includes a side-by-side comparison of three varieties of grafted heirloom tomatoes versus non-grafted varieties.

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