Tag Archive: tomatoes

Sidebar: So Little Time, So Much to Do – I’m Dreaming of Tomatoes

The Contra Costa Master Gardener Season begins on April 1st! With the kick-off of the season, our demonstration garden holds the annual Great Tomato Plant Sale. Almost 60 varieties of tomatoes from all… Continue reading

Transitions: Saying Goodbye to My Summer Garden

The garden is beginning its transition. Tomato production is coming to an end; the Italian Heirloom and Juane Negib varieties purchased at the CCMG Annual Tomato Sale are spent, leaving only the Stupice… Continue reading

Verticillium Wilt (Try Saying that Fast Three Times): Managing VW

In the garden, Verticillium Wilt (VW) can affect potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, some cole crops, tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, cucurbits, artichokes, avocados, peaches, nectarines, caneberries, and apricots. It can also affect landscape plants and… Continue reading

Bagging Tomatoes instead of Varmints

Recently, I posted a request to gardening bloggers asking for methods to protect tomatoes from being eaten by varmints.  Blogger Solarbeez suggested picking the tomatoes before they’re ripe (thank you Solarbeez for the great suggestion).… Continue reading

Reflective Gardening: More than a State of Mind

Reflective gardening – the literal, not the philosophical, kind – is the use of reflective material to enhance the sunlight and ramp up the photosynthesis in your plants. This method can be especially… Continue reading

A Few of My Favorite Things: Using Herbs as Companion Plantings

My favorite thing to plant in my yard are herbs.  They are easy to grow and have so many benefits, that I like to call them the gateway drugs of gardening.  If you… Continue reading