Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

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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Leaf-Footed Bugs – On Tomatoes

Q: These insects are attacking my tomatoes. Please tell me what they are and how I can get rid of them. A: You’re seeing leaf-footed bugs, Leptoglossus pyllopus. These insects are close kin to stinkbugs and have the same piercing-sucking mouthparts....

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Tomatoes – Growing Indoors

Q: I am growing tomatoes in my garden. Is there any way that I could trim the plant back and pot it for indoor growing through the winter? A: The tomato won’t bear fruit unless you give it VERY bright...

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Tomato – Whitefly Control

Q: I have a problem bug that has been killing my tomato plants and caused them to have black fungus. The same insects have destroyed my garden every year. A: Whiteflies are having a feast at your expense! This prolific...

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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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