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Posted on 08 October 2011 by tomatocasual.com

How to Prevent Tomato Blight the Organic Way

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I love heirloom tomatoes but with this love comes a price.

Many heirloom tomatoes are susceptible to many plant diseases.

These plants were bred for their fruit and not their resistance.

As time went on and science continued to develop, tomatoes were bred for such characteristics as disease resistance, large fruit, and storage ability.

The beauty and taste of the heirloom began to fall away. Today, many gardeners plant heirloom tomatoes not only for their taste but also as a way of keeping our gardening past alive.

Nowadays there is a resurgence of gardening the old way or what I like to call organically. This type of farming consists of Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 04 March 2011 by tomatocasual.com

What is Old is New Again in the World of Tomatoes

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The old saying that everything old is new again is so true even today.

Second-hand stores and goodwill stores pop up everywhere along with vintage clothing and household stores.

This movement is not limited to clothing and furniture but can also be found in the garden.

Heirloom plants are coming to the for front more and more especially as one scans the seed catalogs and visits vegetable and/or herbal sales this year.

Heirloom tomato seeds or plants can add a touch of nostalgia Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 03 May 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Scientific American Magazine Claims Heirloom Tomatoes are Feeble and Inbred

tomato3By Vanessa Richins

I was puzzled by an article I came across from Scientific American called, “How to Grow a Better Tomato: The Case against Heirloom Tomatoes”.

The article asserts that because of breeding over time, “Heirlooms are the tomato equivalent of the pug–that “purebred” dog with the convoluted nose that snorts and hacks when it tries to catch a breath,” and calls them “feeble and inbred.”

It claims that over time, humans have bred out disease resistance in the quest for bigger and better tasting heirloom tomatoes. They also assert that the flavor comes because heirlooms sometimes only produce 2 tomatoes, which naturally means that those two will have more flavor and size than a hybrid producing many fruits.

While there may be Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 April 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Have Tomatoes, Will Travel

tomato11By Michael Nolan

I thought about titling this post “Where in the heck is Michael Nolan” until I realized that some of you probably forgot who I was it’s been so long!

Okay, I know it has been a long time since I dared show my face around here but I had good reason, and that good reason is what partially led me to my return to Tomato Casual as well.

Last week I finally relocated to the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia into a fantastic neighborhood called Riverside.

This is very much a neighborhood on the mend (and you know how I like a hands on project), so I am happy to be here and to be surrounded by people who have even showed an interest in possibly starting our own community garden!

But I digress (and I’ll talk more about that stuff over on Urban Garden Casual in the coming weeks anyway). What I really wanted to talk about is my new tomato plants for 2009.

As I mentioned before I just moved which means that I didn’t have time to start seedlings for the heirloom tomato varieties I really wanted to grow this year, so Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 April 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Learning Tomato Terminology

white-tomatoBy Vanessa Richins

When you see tomatoes in the store, they are usually red and round.

When you really start to explore the world of all things tomato, however, you will come to realize it’s a complex subject.

For example, did you know that tomatoes can be:

-White
-Yellow
-Gold
-Pink
-Red Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 06 March 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Black Tomatoes Continue to be Popular in 2009

black-tomatoBy Michelle Fabio

According to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest, black tomatoes are again some of the most popular heirloom tomatoes for 2009.

Of the Top 10 most popular heirloom tomatoes, four are black–which aren’t actually black but various dark colors from deep purple to mahogany.

Black heirloom tomatoes have been gaining in popularity for the last six years and saw their best year in 2008.

Originally from the southern Ukraine, they can now be found all over the world and are especially desired among tomato growers in the United States.

Sweeter bi-colored tomatoes and various colored cherry Read the rest of this entry »

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