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Companion Plants for Tomatoes

When planting tomatoes in your garden, you should take into account their fertilization requirements, necessary insolation distances, and also remember that some other plants growing alongside tomatoes can affect the condition, health, and growth of tomatoes. In the planning stage of vegetable gardening, it is worth considering what other vegetables, herbs, and flowers should be […]

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Breeding and Genetics

Breeding Practices Part 5

Documentation

We have discussed how to time and apply pollen to the mother plant in order to make a successful cross. After all those tasks are complete, there are some important steps in the documentation process to remember. On the day the pollen touches the stigma, hang a paper jeweler’s tag from the blossom cluster and […]

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March

March

This calendar’s monthly planting guidelines are based on USDA zone 9, but they are adaptable to most zones. To find your zone, go to the National Gardening Association’s website. If your zone is 7, 8, or 9, you can safely use this guide. If your zone is 4, 5, or 6, then add a month […]

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Indoor Winter Sowing

For most of us who have a definite winter season, the desire to have fresh garden tomatoes in those dark months, is a real hardship! What to do? There are several options: dehydrating your tomatoes in the peak of summer, then pulverizing it and sprinkling it over slices of store-bought tomatoes, growing tomatoes that stay […]

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February

February

This calendar’s monthly planting guidelines are based on USDA zone 9, but they are adaptable to most zones. To find your zone, go to the National Gardening Association’s website. If your zone is 7, 8, or 9, you can safely use this guide. If your zone is 4, 5, or 6, then add a month […]

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Breeding and Genetics

Breeding Practices Part 4

Timing and Weather

We have talked about emasculating the maternal host blossoms and collecting pollen from the paternal donor, let’s discuss the timing of blossom maturity and fertilization techniques. The timing of everything primarily depends on the maternal blossom; it must be mature enough to emasculate, and then it takes another day or so for it to become […]

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January

January

This calendar’s monthly planting guidelines are based on USDA zone 9, but they are adaptable to most zones. To find your zone, go to the National Gardening Association’s website. If your zone is 7, 8, or 9, you can safely use this guide. If your zone is 4, 5, or 6, then add a month […]

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Breeding and Genetics

Tomato Leaf Types Part 5 of 6

Wispy and Carrot Leaf

The next two types of leaves are sometimes confused with each other because they have similar habits. Wispy or wilty leaves and carrot-type leaves are both very dainty, graceful-looking plants with a flowing graceful habit. Carrot leaves have their own distinctive leaf that appears very cut and serrated, much like the leaves of a carrot […]

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December

December

This calendar’s monthly planting guidelines are based on USDA zone 9, but they are adaptable to most zones. To find your zone, go to the National Gardening Association’s website.  If your zone is 7, 8, or 9, you can safely use this guide. If your zone is 4, 5, or 6, then add a month […]

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Fallow Your Garden

Fallow Your Garden For centuries, farmers allowed their soil to go fallow, and today’s modern gardeners are now following suit. This practice supports sustainable gardening, where crop rotation and natural amendments eliminate the need to add artificial amendments. Adding a cover crop after harvest will keep the soil alive and biologically productive. Types of Cover […]

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