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Ask Gardenerd: How to Get More Volunteer Tomatoes

A volunteer tomato sprouted from under our compost storage tub.

I do believe my favorite question to date just came in to Ask Gardenerd from Jeff Bremer: “Hi Christy, How do I encourage volunteers? Over the years in my tomato garden, a few volunteers would appear each season. Last year, … Continue reading

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Ask Gardenerd: Pruning Tomatoes

Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato

Summer is the perfect time for this question from Jeff Bremer: “Hi Christy, What’s your opinion on pinching-off the “branches” that sprout out of tomato plants? Some of my friends don’t pinch at all, but my neighbor pinches his plants … Continue reading

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Pruning Tomatoes

Young tomatoes in cages - Rule #1: give them proper support

Today we have a guest post from James White, a self-described kombucha tea-sipping blogger who focuses on green building and sustainable living via his family blog Homey Improvements. He’s offering advice on how to prune tomatoes for those who are pruning-averse. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Homemade Tomato Sauce

San Marzano tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh oregano, and homegrown garlic and onions.

Italians believe that San Marzano tomatoes are the only tomatoes for making sauce. I’m Italian, and I’ve made sauce with just about any tomato I can get my hands on, but this year we grew San Marzano tomatoes for the … Continue reading

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Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

Kelloggs Breakfast

It’s harvest time for tomatoes, whether they be determinate or indeterminate. These orbs of delight are the quintessential summer fruit and we’re picking them daily. We planted early this year (quite possibly a mistake since we now have blight…but then … Continue reading

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YouTube: How to Plant Tomatoes

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It’s tomato season, and we’ve got ours in the ground already. It may be early for some, but we’re experiencing 80 degree days this week, so we took a chance and were so bold as to plant tomatoes (18 of … Continue reading

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Recipe: Summer Salsa

Tomatoes, peppers, onion and cilantro are simple ingredients to this simple salsa

Last month’s Westside Produce Exchange was amazing. The haul was beyond belief. Each person left with a bag filled with summer produce that rivaled any farmers’ market. I brought poblano peppers and in exchange I received tomatoes, peppers, peaches, zucchini, … Continue reading

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Planting Tomatoes

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Tomato plant sales are gearing up all across the country. Whether you visit a TomatoMania event, or a local nursery, it’s clear that tomato fever is running rampant.

In most warm climates, it’s time to put them in the ground (while coastal and cool climate folks try to restrain themselves a little longer). Here are some helpful hints for planting tomatoes
whenever you get around to doing it:


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My, What Trellises You Have

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A question came in this week to Ask Gardenerd:

“I was cycling in Silverlake and saw your garden you’ve setup for a greyish building! It looked great!  I was especially intrigued by the interesting bean & tomato trellises you have. I
know this is technically “consulting”, but where can I get my hands on some of those for my garden?”

You must mean the Dream Center Garden that I’ve been working on for over a year now. We
planted 24 tomatoes and nearly 100 peas in just …
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Starting Seeds to Perfection

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There seems to be a theme this week about seed-starting:

This is the first time I’ve been to your website and I heard about it
on the news. I came to see what all the fuss is about, and ended up
with lots of answers. So here’s my question:  I have tried to grow
vegetable plants from seed indoors, then plant them outdoors and usually
end up with a small sprout then they die and I never even get to
introduce them to the great outdoors. I’ve tried different soils,
watering habits and containers but to no avail. Do you have any tips,
or better …
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