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Posted on 11 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Reader Questions: Too Much Rain for Tomatoes

rain1By Vanessa Richins

Terri asks:

“I live in NJ, we’ve had too much rain; a few of my tomato plants are not doing well.

Is the rain the prob? Leaves are drooping, appreciate response.”

Hello Terri. It is probably true that too much rain is hurting your tomatoes.

It’s a strange thought isn’t it – when you think of wilting leaves, you would think it was due to lack of water. However, overwatering can also produce wilting leaves.

It’s especially problematic if you have Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 14 February 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Drought May Limit Tomato Crops in California

tomato_droughtBy Vanessa Richins

Despite the fact that much of California is a desert, it is one of the leading sources of produce for the United States.

Especially important is the San Joaquin Valley, an area south of Sacramento.

There they grow tomatoes, as well as other important crops such as wine grapes, nuts and citrus.

As California enters its third year of drought, tomato crops may be affected. “The water outlook for this year is very dismal, in fact we don’t think we’ll be able to deliver any type of surface water to our growers at all this year, so we told them they would need to be planning a zero allocation,” said Sarah Woolf with the Westlands Water District. Many farmers will be left with only well water for their crops.

Valley tomato farmers must now decide if Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Vacation Tomato Care

By Kira Hamman

So you’re going out of town.

Good for you! But… bad for your tomato plants, right?

Not necessarily.

There are steps you can take to make sure your babies stay happy and healthy while you’re away and go on to provide you with delicious tomatoes after you return.

1. Weed. Naturally weeds will appear in your absence, but if your garden is weed-free before you leave then you’re much less likely to return to an impenetrable jungle.

2. Prune. In fact, prune a little extra to make sure your plants are getting light and air as they grow while you’re not there to do daily checks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 17 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Watering Your Tomatoes

By Kira Hamman

Growing tomato plants need about 2 inches of water each week to thrive.

In an ideal world, this would be provided by Mother Nature in the form of rainfall, and indeed it sometimes is.

But what happens when it’s not?

When your tomatoes are thirsty and Mama doesn’t deliver, you’ll probably need to provide each plant with several gallons of water every few days. The simplest way to do this is with a good, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 30 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Salt Water Makes Tomatoes Healthier

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By Michelle Fabio

We’ve talked about how seaweed can improve your tomato growth, yield, and flavor here, but did you know that simple seawater can also help your tomatoes?

Researchers at the University of Pisa in Italy have found that diluted seawater can not only be used to grow tomatoes but can even produce fruit with higher concentrations of cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Riccardo Izzo and his colleagues in Pisa used cherry tomatoes to determine Read the rest of this entry »

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