Tomatoes

Tomatoes: What Can Go Wrong?
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Tomatoes: What Can Go Wrong?

If you were to take a poll of the most popular vegetable grown in the garden, I’d be hard-pressed to think it was anything other than the tomato plant. It seems as though most gardeners (new and veteran) take pride in growing tomatoes in their gardens. Just because tomatoes are popular, however, doesn’t make them…

When to Plant Tomatoes and Peppers
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When to Plant Tomatoes and Peppers

Do you grow tomatoes and peppers? If you’re like most gardeners, you do! These two plants are considered staples in most home gardens. Growing these plants from seeds indoors or transplanting these plants into the garden isn’t hard. However, getting the timing right when planting these crops outdoors isn’t always quite so simple. In our…

Straw Bale Garden Results after My First Season
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Straw Bale Garden Results after My First Season

Did you try something new in your garden this year? Trying new things is so much fun! This year I tried the popular gardening method, straw bale gardening, for the first time. In a previous episode of The Beginner’s Garden podcast, I introduced the founder of the Straw Bale Garden Method, Joel Karsten. He and…

Gardening in the Heat – Frequently Asked Questions
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Gardening in the Heat – Frequently Asked Questions

No matter where you live, you will most likely have to deal with hot weather throughout the summer. Your hot season might be shorter than mine in the southeastern US, but you likely have one. It was a surprise to me when I first started gardening that not all of my crops handle the hot…

Troubleshooting Tomato Plant Problems with Joe Lamp’l
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Troubleshooting Tomato Plant Problems with Joe Lamp’l

When we begin our gardens, we imagine what our tomato harvest will look like. But most of the time, we don’t anticipate tomato plant problems that often arrive in mid-summer. Beginning gardeners blame themselves and sometimes give up. But they shouldn’t. Summer tomato problems are more common than you realize, and thankfully, there are steps…

Is Pruning Tomato Plants Necessary?
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Is Pruning Tomato Plants Necessary?

Do tomato plants need to be pruned? In my first years of gardening, it seemed everyone told me, “yes.” But as I gained more experience and began listening to other gardening experts, I learned that the answer to this question isn’t as clear as you’d think. People get passionate about tomato pruning. But I started…