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Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues

Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues

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

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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Special Seed for High-Altitude Gardening

Special Seed for High-Altitude Gardening

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If you've ever run into problems growing vegetables in your garden, imagine the challenges of gardening at 8,120 feet high. Special circumstances like these call for special high-altitude seed grown by hardy gardeners.

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Tiny Tomatoes for Indoor Gardening

Tiny Tomatoes for Indoor Gardening

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If you have a sunny southern window, you just might be able to enjoy fresh tomatoes through the winter. Tiny Tim is an heirloom variety that’s a perfect “pet tomato” for growing indoors this time of year.

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Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 2

Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 2

Combining our peak of the season summer vegetables--tomatoes and chiles to make salsa--results in a fiery and flavorful dish. Homemade is easy to do and so much better than store-bought. Chop it by hand or use the food processor.

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Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 1

Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 1

When tomatoes are in abundance it is time to make salsa! Here's a little chile talk on the back porch before going inside to prepare salsa--see how easy it is to make your own.

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Homegrown Tomatoes

Homegrown Tomatoes

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By the looks of current posts, tomatoes are a popular topic. We are in the peak of tomato season and no matter how you slice them--thick or thin--enjoy them while you can! Check out these ideas and recipes.

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Video: Troubleshooting Tomatoes

Video: Troubleshooting Tomatoes

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Grow the best tomatoes ever by pruning suckers, training the vines vertically, and removing double leaders.

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Food Fights: Wacky Fun or Wasted Food?

Food Fights: Wacky Fun or Wasted Food?

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How do you feel about food fights as entertainment? I’d be interested to hear your opinion.

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QUESTION: Tomato Over-fertilization?

QUESTION: Tomato Over-fertilization?

Can anyone offer some insight into why my potted tomato plants have grown such thick stems?  They appear otherwise healthy and green and are watered everyday and have lots of warmth and sun. Have...

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QUESTION: Differentiating cherry tomato varieties by leaves

QUESTION: Differentiating cherry tomato varieties by leaves

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I pulled a lot of volunteer tomatoes from my yard from last year's harvest and want to replant only the large cherry tomato plants.  Is there any way to determine which ones they are based on...

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QUESTION: Yellowing tomato leaves

QUESTION: Yellowing tomato leaves

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My tomato plant's leaves are yellowing from the leaf stem, not from the base of the plant. Does anyone know why this might be happening?

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Find the Perfect Tomato

Find the Perfect Tomato

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Nothing rivals the taste of a homegrown tomato, and Tomato Match will help you find the perfect variety for your needs.

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