Tomatoes!

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The tomatoes are performing exceedingly well this season. I chose one large variety, Better Boy, and one smaller, cherry tomato type, Large Cherry Red. Each year I add a few bags of Miracle-Grow Garden Soil in each raised bed to improve the soil. It has a time release fertilizer which slowly releases nutrients over about a three-month period.

There are a few common problems that gardeners may encounter. Here are some tips I use. I water on a regular cycle to help prevent splitting. Blossom-end rot can sometimes be a problem, too. Most sources state it is caused by a lack of calcium. I help increase the calcium in the soil by watering with a milk jug after I have finished the jug. I fill it with water. Shake it to mix the milk residue with the water than water around the base of each plant. Sprinkling egg shells around the plants can also help increase the calcium and decrease blossom-end rot. You may also select varieties that are resistance to diseases. This is usually indicated on the tags by letters:

Tomato Varieties and Disease Resistance

Tomato Variety Resistance Growth Type

ACE VF DET
YELLOW PEAR IND
EARLY GIRL VF IND
BETTER BOY VFN IND
CHAMPION NFT IND
LEMON BOY VFNT IND
CELEBRITY VFFNT DET
FLORAMERICA VFFAL DET
HEATWAVE FFAL DET
ROMA VFD DET
BEEFSTAEK VFN IND
BRANDYWINE IND
BEEFMASTER VFN IND
SWEET 100 VFNT IND
SUPERSWEET 100 VF IND
CHERRY VFAL DET
GRAPE SDET
PATIO VF DET
LEGEND LB DET
SUNGOLD F,FF,T,V IND

The letter codes after the variety name mean resistance to the following:

V – Verticillium Wilt

F – Fusarium Wilt

FF – Fusarium Wilt Races 1 and 2

N – Nematodes

T – Tobacco Mosaic Virus

L – Septoria Leaf Spot

A – Alternaria

St – Stemphylium

LB – Late Blight

Growth Type:

Det- Determinant, IND – Indeterminatn

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