Posts in category "Tomatoes"

Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens

Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens
Monday morning I woke up and checked Twitter to see a story on the Trib about gang violence in my neighborhood taking the life of one, and wounding four others. I wish I could say it was surprising, but this kind of story becomes all too common around these parts in the summer. Waking up... Read more »

Chicago TomatoFest Tomato Plants on Sale

In a previous post I advised against growing tomatoes from seeds because tomato seedlings would be plentiful during several plant sales around Chicago this spring. If you’re interested in growing heirloom tomatoes and followed my advice, you can buy heirloom tomato seedlings and plants at Provenance Food & Wine and Lush Wine & Spirits. These tomatoes... Read more »

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds
After fellow garden blogger My Skinny Garden published her post recommending hybrid tomatoes to beginner gardeners, it got me thinking.  How else can the gardening experience be simplified to ensure success that leads to gardening becoming a lifelong love affair instead of a tryst that ends bitterly after a few months?  If this will be your... Read more »
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Cracked Tomatoes

Cracked Tomatoes
You’re watching a tomato ripen on the vine and your mouth is watering at the thought of that tomato finally ripening. Then you go to pick your tomato from the vine and notice that it is cracked! What went wrong? Tomatoes will split and crack as they grow because of fluctuations in the soil moisture.... Read more »

Roma Tomatoes Disproportionately Affected by Blossom- End Rot

The most common question I’m fielding on the internet has to do with blossom-end rot of tomatoes (BER for short). Diagnosing this tomato problem for gardeners is easy enough, but after diagnosing it for people they want to know why it is seems to only be affecting their Roma tomato plants.  After searching the internet and not... Read more »

Pruning Tomato Suckers

Pruning Tomato Suckers
Pruning tomato suckers is easy and something you should do to help your plant focus on producing fruit and for general health of your plants. Suckers grow in the crotch of a plant, in this case tomatoes, created by the main stem and branch. These eventually grow to the same size as the main stem,... Read more »
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TomatoFest Potluck Supper 2009

Yesterday’s potluck supper at the Chicago Honey Co-op for Chicago TomatoFest 2009 acted as the closing ceremony for tomato festival. I got an early start on the festivities when I visited the vegetable garden at the Cook County Jail. While photographing the vegetable garden I couldn’t keep myself from eating the cherry tomatoes. My cherry... Read more »

Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper

If you purchased heirloom tomatoes during the Chicago TomatoFest plant sales you’re invited to the Second Annual Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper at the Chicago Honey Coop. The event celebrates the end of tomato growing season in Chicago and you’re asked to bring a dish that showcases the heirloom tomatoes you grew all season. The tickets... Read more »

Chicago's Tomato Queen

Today was the Show Me Your Tomatoes contest at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and I’m proud to announce that the winner is a local garden blogger and reader of Chicago Garden. Gina, who has been chronicling her gardening adventures at My Skinny Garden for the past two years, took home the prize for tastiest tomato... Read more »
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Chicago TomatoFest 2009: Old School BLT's & Free Wine

Today is the first day of the BLT Bonanza brought to you by the people from Chicago TomatoFest and they’re having a Twitter contest where you could win a free bottle of wine from Candid Wines and Green Grocer Chicago. For a list of restaurants where you can eat an Old School BLT and for... Read more »
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