Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Devil’s Trumpet – Identification

Q: I spotted this small plant in my rose bed. The flower was closed during the day, but opened at night. It currently has one blossom, but others are forming. It’s about a foot tall now. What is it? A:...

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Persimmon – Ripening to Remove Astringency

Q: Why do green persimmons taste so bad? A: Because they have a lot of tannin in their juice. One web site says “tannin coagulates the viscous protein on the surface of our tongues, leading to the astringent taste.” Anyone...

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Spider Mites – Control on Tomatoes

Q: I know it’s a bit unusual, but I’m absolutely sure I have spider mites on my tomatoes. They’re also on some 4 o’clocks right next to the tomatoes and on my angel trumpets. I also have them on my...

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Vegetables – Growing in Containers

Q: With so many people now moving into town homes, high rises, condos, etc., more of us need a LOT of info about growing vegetables in containers. Also, I really want my veggies to be grown as close to organically...

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Herbs – Growing Indoors

Q: I would like to grow some herbs indoors. The only spots I have are a south eastern facing window that receives good morning sun only. What herbs, if any, would work in those areas. I have an 18 inch...

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Tomato – Eaten by Turtle

Q: I have a problem with some creature(s) taking bites from many of my tomatoes. This morning I spotted a turtle about 6-8 inches long resting next to the tomatoes and 3 ripe fruits had been bitten off again. It...

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Garden Area – Sterilizing

Q: I have an area of my yard that is appx. 10’x10′ that my two small dogs have been using as a “potty” area for many years. I want to use this area for vegetable growing. How can I best...

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Tomato – Chemical Burn on Leaves

Q: Things were going great on my tomato plants, for awhile. Now I’m dealing with blossom end rot, spraying daily with that product for it. Anything else I can do? I’ve also got leaves that are browning up and curling...

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Tomato – High Soil pH

Q: I need help! My tomato plants have something that is spreading from one to the next fairly quickly. The stems are turning chartreuse then yellowing and spreading out. It’s on the top stems. The leaves are then curling under...

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Ground Cherry – Identification

Q: I found this plant growing on the edge of our woods near Winterville. Can you identify it? A: It’s a ground cherry, a member of the Physalis genus. It is close kin to the tomatillo, Physalis philadelphica, which is...

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Tomato Seed – Saving

Q: On your radio show you mentioned fermenting tomato seed in order to save them for next year. Can you provide details? A: Tomato seeds are each surrounded by a jelly capsule which inhibits germination. Fermenting the seeds makes them...

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Tomato – Disease Identification

Q: I have grown tomatoes for a few years and have had my share of disease problems. Is there a central place where I can see pictures of all of the maladies a tomato plant might have? A: Actually, there...

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Messenger – Growth Enhancer

Q: I heard you on your radio show discussing a product called Messenger to make tomato plants stronger. As novice growers, we have many questions about how to use it and how it works. A: Messenger(tm) contains a special protein...

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Sprouting – Fluorescent Bulbs

Q: I have my seed packets in hand, ready to start sprouting plants for my spring garden. But I am so confused as to what kind of fluorescent bulbs to buy. Everywhere I look, a different kind of bulb is...

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Containers for Vegetables – Sizing

Q: I am raising tomatos, and peppers. What is your recommendation on container size for these plants on one’s deck. Also soil mixture. A: Patio container size is important for two reasons: to conserve soil moisture and to moderate soil...

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Vegetables – Soil Temperature Needed

Q: What is the proper soil temperature needed to plant garden seeds, such as beans, peas, etc? A: Warm season vegetables like beans, tomatoes and corn need a soil temperature of at least 60 degrees but they germinate even better...

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Bathtub Gardening – Soil Mix

Q: On your TV show about tools for older gardeners your Mom was shown using a bathtub for a raised bed. What kind of soil did she have in the bathtubs? A: I went straight to the source and asked....

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Tomato Plant – Where do Hornworms Come From?

Q: My ‘Better Boy’ tomato grew slowly for two weeks, but it is now six feet tall. At one point, green caterpillars appeared, thirteen in a ten day period. How did they know it was here? It’s the only tomato...

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