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How to Grow: Canning Tomatoes

Listen to this podcast on the best ways to can tomatoes to preserve them in winter.   Growing up an Italian-American in Waterbury, I have fond memories of my mom canning tomatoes in late summer. It always seemed to be a hot day when she canned and her boiling water bath just added to the stickiness in the air. But those tasty canned tomatoes made for great sauce all winter. Mom is done canning, but I still like to do it. While I also freeze whole tomatoes for cooking, there's something about having canned tomatoes for making our...

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How to Grow: Controlling Tomato Blight

Watch this video to learn about the various types of tomato blights and how to prevent them from killing your tomato plants in summer. Learn about controlling tomato blight disease including resistant varieties. Listen to Podcast: We've all seen it happen. Your tomatoes are growing great with vigorous growth, flowers and even small fruits. Then it starts on the bottom leaves with some spots or browning. Slowly it spreads. Then more quickly to engulf the plant until by mid summer your prized tomatoes are nothing but stems with a few fruits....

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How to Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes

Listen to this great story about an heirloom tomato variety and how it got to be so popular. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Tomatoes It’s hard to image a vegetable garden without tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum). They are the number one grown vegetable in gardens and there are hundreds of hybrid and heirloom varieties to give you more selections than you can think of. There are white, black, green,   red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and striped colored varieties. Some grow as large as 7 pounds while others are...

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How to Grow: Hybrid/Heirloom Tomatoes

Listen to this podcast to learn about the new Hybrid/Heirloom Tomato varieties.   It's time to start thinking about tomatoes. If you're growing tomatoes from seed indoors and under lights, you should be starting them about six weeks before your last frost date. Depending on where you live in Connecticut, that would be sometime this month. While we all love the old fashioned heirloom varieties such as 'Brandywine', there are some new hybrid heirlooms on the market. It sounds like an oxymoron to have a hybrid heirloom, but these new...

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How to Grow: Pinching Veggies

Learn how to pinch the growth point and flowers or certain veggies to get them to mature faster. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, watermelon and winter squash are the vegetables discussed along with the timing and the technique to pinch the ends.

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How to Grow: Tomato Blight Controls

Watch this video to learn about the various types of tomato blights and how to prevent them from killing your tomato plants in summer. Transcript For anyone growing tomatoes in the Northeast, Southeast or in the Midwest you know about tomato blight. Tomato blight is kind of a big term but actually it could be any number of different diseases that attack the foliage of tomato plants. It could be septoria leaf spot, early blight, late blight or even bacterial speck. The signs are very similar for a lot of these. They start out as little...

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How to Grow: Tomato Hornworms

Learn about controlling tomato hornworms organically in your garden. Listen to Podcast:   There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about insects as food. In many parts of the world insects are a common delicacy. Its estimated that 2 billion people around the globe regularly eat insects. And why not? They're a great source of protein and there certainly are lots of them. While I did dabble in eating ants in Thailand in the Peace Corps many years ago, there's one insect in my garden I'd love a recipe for. It's the tomato hornworm....

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How to Grow: Tomato Supports and Growing Tips

Learn about the different types of tomatoes you can grow in your garden. Also, watch the tips on planting tomatoes and using different methods of supporting them including wire cages and stakes. Finally, learn about watering and caring for your crop.   Excerpted from Connecticut Public TV's New England Gardening with Charlie Nardozzi...

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How to Grow: Tomatoes

Learn about tomatoes, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript It's hard to image a vegetable garden without tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum). They are the number one grown vegetable in gardens and there are hundreds of hybrid and heirloom varieties to give you more selections than you can think of. There are white, black, green, red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and striped colored varieties. Some grow as large as 7 pounds while others are as small as a cherry. Some plants are as small as 1 foot tall...

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How to Grow: Trellising Tomatoes

Learn about the best ways to trellis your tomato plants to keep them off the ground. Listen to podcast: Well, my tomatoes are in the ground and enjoying the warm soil and temperatures. I grow a mix of hybrids and heirlooms and one thing they all have in common is they're big plants. So, they need to be kept off the ground, because tomatoes flopping on the ground leads to fruit rot, more leaf diseases and a big mess by midsummer. We all know about staking and caging tomatoes so I won't belabor those points. Just remember that if you're...

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