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Companion Planting with Heirloom Tomatoes: Does it Help?

By Cyndy Crist As we plan our gardens, we consider an array of things. We likely start by deciding what we’d like to grow (with edibles, this obviously is based on what we want to eat), then consider what we can grow given available space, growing conditions, and the time we can devote to gardening.   …

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Best Time to Plant Tomatoes: (aka Phenology)

Old gardener stories are often based around a science called phenology. “Plant potatoes on Good Friday; prune trees on Presidents Day, and never plant anything during the full moon.” Homilies or science? The Science of Phenology – when to plant Before starting our small farm in Minnesota, I went to a number of classes, seminars …

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Comparing Heirloom Tomato Varieties

Every spring I sell heirloom tomato plants at the farmers’ markets and I’m always trying to organize the information in a way that is not so overwhelming for people.  Based on the questions I have received over the years, I’ve put together a chart that is about comparing heirloom tomato varieties against each other. Of …

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