The Perfect Tomato Plan

Nine square feet and a single seed. That’s all you need to grow as many juicy, vine-ripened, BLT-perfect tomatoes as you can eat in a season. But if you are like most gardeners, you want to a bounty of luscious beefsteaks, saucers, cherries, and more that you can share with family and friends, make into salsa or chutney, and put up in jars of sauce. I’ve gathered the hints and tricks that have proven themselves season after season in our test gardens into this guide that takes you from planting…

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The Glorious Tomato

Tomato, is today the most popular garden vegetable in America. For many years, however, tomatoes (then called “love apples”) were considered poisonous and were grown solely for their ornamental value. Tomatoes are usually easy to grow and a few plants provide an adequate harvest for most families. The quality of fruit picked in the garden when fully ripe far surpasses anything available on the market, even in season. The tomato plant is a tender, warm-season perennial that is grown as an annual in summer gardens all over the continental United…

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