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Posted on 24 January 2013 by tomatocasual.com

7 Steps to Growing Award Winning Tomatoes

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

In many areas of the country, the county and state fair is getting ready to start.

Throughout the fair, prized vegetables and fruits will be displayed alongside prized livestock.

In the past, these displays gave country folk a chance to show off their skills.

In my great grandmother’s case, it was a chance to become a county champion for 30 years.

Her secret was long kept by the family and passed from one generation to the next when we turned 16 years of age. Below are the secrets to her successful tomato garden. Her success was defined as humongous tomatoes, which won several county and state awards.

While following these steps cannot guarantee a world record tomato, it can help you become a more successful tomato gardener.

1. Prepare the soil – Preparing the soil Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 26 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Recipe: Green Tomato Chutney

By Thomas Cenci

We all know green tomato chutney.

It’s the first recipe that comes to mind when even mentioning the green fruit, but it doesn’t have to be just green tomatoes.

Why not try adding something else to help liven it up a little like using cardamon, coriander, chilli or even extra fruits like apple or pears. Try this recipe using poppy seeds or tell us what you add to yours.

Ingredients:

– 2 lbs Green tomatoes
– Large pinch poppy seeds
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Posted on 26 September 2007 by tomatocasual.com

How to Continue Harvesting Your Tomatoes After a Frost

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How to Continue Harvesting Your Tomatoes After a Frost - TomatoCasual.comBy Amelia Tucker

Most people think that a frost is sudden death to a tomato patch.

They watch the frost dates carefully and consider the season over as soon as the forecast warns of impending cold weather.

This is not always the case.

With a little careful planning, you can continue to harvest tomatoes after the frost of fall comes knocking on your door.

A very light frost will usually kill a few leaves but leave the plant and fruit untouched.

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Posted on 18 September 2007 by tomatocasual

Where Do Professional Tomato Producers Go for Info?

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Where Do Professional Tomato Producers Go for Info?

By Amelia Tucker

Although it is fun to search the web and find fun, quirky sites about tomatoes, there comes a time in every tomato gardener’s day that they need cold, hard facts about raising the best, most, tastiest of the tomatoes for their area.

Where do tomato producers go to find the serious stuff like production sheets, pricing, cultivating and what is new to the tomato industry?

Here is a good place for your more serious growers to start.
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Posted on 26 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Is the Heirloom Tomato You Bought Organic?

Is the Heirloom Tomato You Bought Organic? - TomatoCasual.comBy Amelia Tucker

One of the things that tie backyard gardeners together is the desire to eat the freshest and healthiest produce they can.

If you are buying your tomato from someone else, how do you know if it is organic?

 

  • Buy locally
  • Know your tomato’s history
  • Check the sticker number

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Posted on 25 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

What to Do with Your Tomato Plant Today

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What to Do with Your Tomato Plant Today - TomatoCasual.comBy Amelia Tucker
With the peak tomato season upon us, there are only a few simple rules to continue your tomato harvest.

1. Water

Keep the plant watered.

Letting a tomato plant dry out leads to cracking fruit and puts undo stress on the fruit. If you want to water overhead, remember to do so early in the morning so that the leaves have time to dry out in the sun to prevent disease.

2. Pinch

Pinch extra plant material like leaves and side stems that are not producing any fruit.

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