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5 Common Mistakes Gardeners Make When Growing Tomatoes
5 Common Mistakes Gardeners Make When Growing Tomatoes
by C. Darren Butler and Ann Clary If there is a single flagship (flagplant?) and most-beloved garden vegetable in California and the United States, it would be the tomato. With proper timing, careful selection of varieties, and appropriate care and maintenance, tomatoes are the juicy, flavorful, often colorful, and nutritious joy of the home garden. […]
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Growing Tomatoes? 8 Tasks for April
Growing Tomatoes? 8 Tasks for April
For many gardeners, tomato is the queen of warm season vegetables. Get the most from your tomato plants by placing the following on your gardening checklist: Continue to start seeds directly outdoors of warm season tomato varieties such as Brandywine, Big Beef and Tobolsk or continue to start seeds directly outdoors of short-season varieties like […]
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Growing Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes: Variety Recommendations
Growing Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes: Variety Recommendations
GardenZeus earns commissions on sales made through links in this article. There is no additional cost to you. Growing heirloom slicing tomatoes is rewarding, but selecting a few varieties from among the many outstanding heirloom tomato varieties can be difficult. Tomatoes are sensitive to temperature, humidity, and other environmental conditions and factors. Here are a […]
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Tomatoes: Staking, Supporting and Trellising
Tomatoes: Staking, Supporting and Trellising
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. These commissions are earned without additional cost to you. Most tomato varieties will need staking or trellising to keep plants manageable, prevent vigorous tomato varieties from overwhelming other nearby vegetables, maximize growing space and maintain garden tidiness by requiring tomatoes to grow up rather […]
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Tomatoes and Companion Planting: Traditional Pairings and Other Suggestions
Tomatoes and Companion Planting: Traditional Pairings and Other Suggestions
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. These commissions are earned without additional cost to you. GardenZeus expert Darren Butler has found tomatoes generally to be unfussy companions for many other garden vegetables. Most varieties don’t need insects for pollination, so planting fragrant herbs and flowers to attract pollinators is less […]
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Container Tomatoes: Variety Recommendations and Growing Needs
Container Tomatoes: Variety Recommendations and Growing Needs
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. These commissions are earned without additional cost to you. Tomatoes can make excellent container plants, provided that a few important criteria are met. Choice of Type and Variety. Most cherry tomato varieties that are otherwise suited to your growing conditions will produce abundantly in […]
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Focus on Varieties: Paste Tomatoes
Focus on Varieties: Paste Tomatoes
What is a paste tomato, also called “plum” or “sauce” tomato?¬†These varieties are generally cylindrical in shape, and are the best suited of all tomatoes for cooking and preserving because their fruits produce fewer seed cavities and seeds, and have both lower water content and higher proportion of solid flesh than other tomatoes, which makes […]
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7 Steps to Selecting Tomato Varieties
7 Steps to Selecting Tomato Varieties
With the hundreds of wonderful and reliable tomato varieties that are known to do well in California and other Mediterranean climates, in an astonishing diversity of colors, sizes, shapes and uses, it may take time and research to select varieties that best meet your needs. For help with making your selections, GardenZeus expert Darren Butler […]
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GardenZeus Tips for Harvesting Tomatoes
GardenZeus Tips for Harvesting Tomatoes
One of the great pleasures of vegetable gardening is harvesting and eating vine-ripened tomatoes. Tomatoes are fully ripe when in full color and slightly soft. Tomatoes may be harvested when under-ripe and allowed to ripen, and many varieties will ripen fully if harvested green, but generally will not have the same full flavor or sweetness […]
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