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Grow Vegetables in Container Gardens

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AUBURN, Ala. – Two problems young people face are eating a balanced diet and having access to fresh vegetables.  Excuses for this range from too broke, too busy to eat anything that’s not a cup-of-noodles for on-the-go, or too lazy to go grocery. Simple Solution A simple solution to these issues is growing your own vegetables in container gardens.  It’s easier than most think, cheap and can ... 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 »

Food Friday: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple in every southern garden. In addition to tomato sandwiches and chopped (or cherry) tomatoes in a salad, try a stuffed tomato or a tomato salad for a change. Stuffed Tomatoes 6 medium tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper 1 tablespoon chopped onion 1 hard-cooked egg 3 hard cooked ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Disease and Drought

Tomato plants are susceptible to foliar diseases and sensitive to drought.  To avoid those problems, gardeners need to use extra care in the garden. Selecting a disease resistant tomato variety is one of the first steps toward growing healthy tomato plants. There are plenty of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a variety recommended for your region. To be ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Pruning and Supporting

Tomato plants can produce a lot of delicious,  but heavy fruit. In order to keep tomato plants in top producing condition, pruning and support are essential. Pruning Pruning can increase fruit size and help facilitate early fruiting. Prune by removing suckers developed at ground level. Suckers forming below the first flower cluster should be left alone. Hunter McBrayer, an Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Site Selection and Planting

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Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants grown in a southern garden, especially in Alabama. To get the most productivity from tomato plants requires gardeners do more planning and work than any other garden crop. Hunter McBrayer, an urban regional agent with Alabama Extension, recommends planting the garden close to home. “Gardens take a lot of work and the further ... Read More »