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Ready, Set, Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes

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AUBURN, Ala.— Whether consumers choose to purchase their food or grow it themselves, many are interested in moving away from mass-produced items—including commercial tomato varieties. Alabama Extension Regional Agent, Hunter McBrayer said the trend brings consumers looking for more natural and sustainable foods. “Many believe heirloom tomatoes are more ‘natural’ and sustainable,” McBrayer said. “While you can save seed from ... Read More »

Gardeners Search for Stinkbug Control Options

AUBURN, Ala.— Gardeners deal with a myriad of pests and problems throughout the summer, some worse than others. Stinkbugs are among those pesky pests taking up residence in the garden. Alabama Cooperative Extension Gardens and Home Pests Agent, Bethany O’Rear, said stinkbugs can affect several home vegetable crops. “Stinkbugs will feed on peas, beans and okra, but are most noticeable on ... Read More »

How Does Your Tomato Garden Grow?

AUBURN, Ala. — Calling all tomato lovers: why pick up tomatoes from the grocery store when you can grow them yourself? If you love the fruit, this is your time of year. According to Dani Carroll, a regional Extension agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, “when soil temperatures warm up to about ... Read More »

Grow A Perfect Tomato

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AUBURN, Ala.—Tomato plants are a staple in any backyard or container garden. Some growers prefer smaller, early ripening varieties, while others prefer bigger tomatoes—ready later in the season. Regardless of personal preference, Marcus Garner, Alabama Cooperative Extension urban regional agent said the most important tomato-growing consideration is the temperature and weather. “Often times we are so preoccupied with getting our ... Read More »