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End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest!

End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest!

We have had our frost warning in my zone 7 Maryland area and I went out the day of the prediction and gathered all of the green tomatoes still on the vine and harvested a large number of chile peppers still hanging on the plants. The chiles still need to be processed; I will dry some of them, make salsa and hot sauce with some and of course eat them every day with every meal. I cut annual flowers and herbs and filled the house with bouquets of zinnias, nicotiana, marigolds and nasturtiums and basil—all of them will turn black with a frost.

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Best Tasting Tomatoes from 2017

Best Tasting Tomatoes from 2017

Vegetable gardeners tend to gather at the end of the summer to pit their favorite tomatoes against the ones grown by friends, family members, neighbors and fellow master gardeners. The results are in from the great tomato tasting of 2017.

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Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

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Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along with a dead ripe summer tomato. This is a quick and easy dish to make when you don't know what to have for lunch or supper and you don't feel like another sandwich.

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Growing Tomatoes and Peppers in the Garden using Black Plastic Mulch

Growing Tomatoes and Peppers in the Garden using Black Plastic Mulch

Oh boy did I open a can of worms when I started to do research on the pros and cons of using black plastic mulch! Yes, it does warm the soil, extend crops growing time, hold moisture in the soil and keep down a plethora of weeds. No, black plastic is not organic. Most black plastic eventually goes into the landfill in a season or two—unless you use one of the newer biodegradable or photo-degradable black plastic mulches.

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How to Avoid Herbicide Carryover

How to Avoid Herbicide Carryover

Do you use straw, grass clippings or animal manure in your vegetable garden? If so, you need to take steps to keep herbicide contamination from harming your plants.

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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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Growing a Tomato Plant

Growing a Tomato Plant

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Hi All   I am growing a tomato tree. It is producing tomatoes but the leaves are starting to turn yellow browny colour then they crumble.    Can anyone explain what might be happening and what...

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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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Will my tomato flowers produce fruit?

Will my tomato flowers produce fruit?

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This is my first time planting vegetables and I'm really excited about these heirloom tomatoes. I'm really nervous/anxious about my tomatoes because the flowets look like they're dying. Will these...

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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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How to Start Tomatoes from Seed Indoors

How to Start Tomatoes from Seed Indoors

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I planted our first tomatoes yesterday, Feb 10, here in Michigan. These particular tomatoes I planted are the sweetest darn tomatoes you can grow - SunSugar cherry tomatoes. I started them so early...

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