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Controlling Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes

AUBURN, Ala. – Tomato plants are some of the most popular things grown in gardens. There are many varieties on the market and each one offers something different. One problem that tomato growers face is blossom-end rot (BER). An Extension professional discusses the causes of BER and some control methods. Chris Becker, an Alabama Extension coordinator in Limestone County, said ... 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 »

Food Friday: Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are ripe and ready! Change the swing of things and try a delcious twist on the bright red vegetables Southerners know and love. Vince and Karen Wallace, of Tuscaloosa County share their recipe for “Miss Emily’s Green Tomato Soup,” a perfect dish to serve just before the tomatoes are ripe. Margaret Mazikowski, of 4 Maz Farms in Madison County, shares ... Read More »

Rotten Tomatoes

Blossom End Rot on Tomato

Q. I am having trouble with my tomatoes. I have noticed brown spots near the base of the fruit. They start out small but continue to increase in size. What is this disease and how can I get rid of it? A. Well, if it is any consolation, you are not alone. We’ve had several calls from folks that appear ... Read More »