Serenade® In the Tomato Patch

What is Serenade® Garden Disease Control? Serenade Garden, among other modes of action, elicits plant responses that trigger your flowers, vegetables and lawns to fight against a broad spectrum of the most common fungal and bacterial garden diseases. You can harvest and eat fruits and vegetables the same day they are treated and labeled uses of bacillus subtilis (QST 713) do not pose a risk to bees or beneficial insects. What is the active ingredient in Serenade Garden? Serenade Garden is made from a unique, patented strain (QST 713) of Bacillus subtilis.…

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The Return of a Lost Jersey Tomato

When heirloom tomatoes became popular in the 1990s, Jack Rabin became acutely uncomfortable. “Everyone was going gaga over them. My farmers were trying to grow them, and we’d walk out in the field and just see horticultural garbage,” said Mr. Rabin, a longtime agricultural extension agent with Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. who works with about 800 growers around the state. “Every time it rained, they would crack open or turn into water bags. They burned in the sun or developed fungus you could taste,” he said. “It was…

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Why You’ll Always Have To Grow Tomatoes

Why You’ll Always Have To Grow Tomatoes . . . . . . or buy them from your small, local organic farmer. Answer: that homegrown, heirloom tomato flavor. This article on efforts to produce a tastier commercial tomato is, frankly, sad. We all know the problem with grocery store tomatoes (PDF): they’re bland if not completely tasteless. Compare them to the most mediocre tomato grown in someone’s back yard and that mediocre tomato shines by comparison. Compare them to any decent, heirloom tomato from your garden or a small, local, organic…

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