Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Tomato – Picking

Q: I want “vine-ripened” tomatoes but mine are too ripe and mushy when I eat them. When should you pick a tomato? A: As you’ve probably noticed, tomatoes ripen in stages. Commercial growers pick them when there is no color...

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Tomato – Wilt Diseases

Q: We have had a rather large garden, with the usual variety of vegetables, in the same location for forty years. Everything does great except tomatoes. For the last several years, the plants die a sudden death in mid-summer. The...

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Tomatoes- Earthbox

Q: I have a problem with my three tomatoes growing in one of those plastic Earthboxes. The plants grew to seven feet tall in three weeks but have only had five tomatoes between them. What do I do to get...

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Fertilizers- Annuals

Q: How can someone know which combination of fertilizer numbers is right for each shrub, perennial, ground cover or annuals? Is there a list? A: Despite the plethora of tomato fertilizers, azalea fertilizers, lawn fertilizers, orchid fertilizers, citrus fertilizers, etc,...

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Tomato Sucker- Identification

Q: What exactly is a tomato sucker? Is the stem smooth or rough? A: The definition of a tomato sucker doesn’t have anything to do with smooth or rough. A sucker is just a young leaf that develops between the...

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Angel Trumpet- Poisonous

Q: I have been told that angel trumpet plants are poisonous. Since we have a lot of small children living near us I don’t want to grow a possibly hazardous plant. A: If you’re worried about poisonous landscape plants, you’ll...

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Vegetables- Growing Season

Q: I moved here from northern Ohio. Could you tell me the growing season for vegetables in the Atlanta area? I am interested in tomatoes, carrots, onions and melons. A: If we define the growing season as the number of...

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Silver Queen Corn- Worms

Q: Is there anything that will keep worms out of our ‘Silver Queen’ corn? Almost all of our corn this year was infested. A: Corn earworm is also known as tomato fruitworm and cotton bollworm. The life cycle starts when...

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Watermelon – Splitting

Q: This is our first time growing watermelons and we have a prolific crop. We’re running into a problem with the fruit splitting on the vine. What causes this? A: I think the splitting was caused by irregular watering. Watermelon...

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Tomatoes – Ripening in Fall/Winter

Q: We have some green tomatoes that we want to ripen. We took some that were still on the vine and put them in a cardboard box with newspaper. Should we store them indoors or outdoors? A: If they have...

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Tomato – Glyphosate (Roundup) Damage

Q: My Better Boys are showing this yellow pattern on the leaves. These two plants seem healthy but the new growth shows light green. A: I think someone (I name no names!) got too close to the tomatoes with their...

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Hornworms – Garden tomatoes

Q: Last year I had a problem with hornworms on my garden tomatoes. This year I planted tomatoes in containers on my very high deck, using store-bought potting soil. The hornworms are terrible still! Where did they come from? A:...

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Peach orchard – Limb thinning

Q: I used to work in a peach orchard. We would thin each limb to no more than three peaches to grow large, lush peaches. Can you do the same with tomatoes: thin out the groups of 3 down to...

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Indoor growth – Tomatoes

Q: I’m new to gardening and was wondering if it was possible to grow tomatoes indoors year round. Our rental house has a sunroom so plants can get a lot of light there most of the year. A: I admire...

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Rescued tomatoes – Ripening

Q: Now that I have rescued my large green tomatoes from the coming frost, what now? How do I ensure that they will continue to ripen? A: If a tomato has just a bit of pink showing on the blossom...

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Squirrels – Eating Tomatoes

Q: How can we keep squirrels from taking a bite out of green tomatoes? They take one bite and drop them on the ground, ruining a perfectly good tomato! We have tried various things but nothing works! A: I’ve heard...

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Tomato – Leafminer

Q: Here are some sad leaves on my tomato. I have TERRIBLE luck with tomatoes here in Savannah! They get every little thing. I try not to use insecticides, but…dang. I await your wisdom, Oh Wise One! A: Leaf miners...

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Tomato – How Long to Ripen (Extending Summer Season)

Q: I would like to have ripe tomatoes throughout the summer. Are there early, mid and late season varieties? A: Yes – there are varieties that claim to ripen earlier or later than others but predicting exactly when a tomato will...

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