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Re: Ask a Gardening Question (or Answer One)

minsdaze: Actually, this is just the comments section for this article; click on the 'POST A QUESTION' link to get to the proper place to ask questions.

But the short answer is that you have a lack of nitrogen. If it's just the bottom few leaves, you should be fine, but if leaves are rapidly dying up the stalk, I'd get some manure, worm compost, or other high-nitrogen fertiliser on them right away. Do your plants and your body a favour and use natural fertilisers; ammonia fertilisers produce big, exciting-looking, turgid veggies that unfortunately are low in nutrition and attract insects.

Re: Garlic Scapes

I tried garlic scapes for the first time this year, and boy, are they exciting! They taste a lot like farmer sausage, which I suppose is not surprising considering farmer sausage has garlic in it.

Here's a slightly disturbing thing though: I left one scape on my counter for a week, and instead florets inside the head, I found a whole bunch of tiny bulbils, similar to what you'd see on the head of an Egyptian onion. They were very tasty, but it was weird to see little garlics growing inside the head!

Re: Beyond Beefsteak Tomatoes: In Search of the Unusual

I think almost all of my tomatoes this year are wacky varieties. Here's the list:

Chiapas, a wild tomato (the plants are very robust looking, but apparently the tomatoes are very small -- about 1/2". Tasty though.

Tlacalula and Zapotec, two pink ribbed tomatoes from Mexico with hollow insides.

Black Krim, a huge purple-and-green beefsteak from Russia

Ghost, a fuzzy white cherry tomato

Schimmeig Stoo, a red, hollow stuffer with orange stripes. Kinda bland flavour, but since you stuff it with tasty things, it doesn't matter.

The last two are pretty normal: Gardener's Delight cherry tomato and Stupice slicer, which both have a fantastic flavour.

I have about four varieties that I didn't plant this year; I just don't have enough room!

They're all open-pollinated and planted close to each other, but apparently one only gets about 5% cross-pollination with tomatoes, so plants stay relatively true to parent.