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Is it difficult to decide which tomato varieties to grow in your garden? Perhaps this list will help; these are the tomatoes selected as the best tasting at the annual Tomato Taste-off that was held in September 2014:
Cherry (small) tomatoes:
1st – Sungold
2nd place tie – Early Ssubakus Aliana & Sugar Snack
3rd place – Purple Dragon
Large slicers (hybrids)
1st – Big Boy
2nd place – Beefmaster
3rd place – Texwine
1st place – Pink Ping Pong
2nd place - Georgia Sunrise
Are you wondering if it’s safe to eat or preserve tomatoes or potatoes that were infected with Late Blight this summer? First, it is important to find out which of several diseases of tomatoes affected your plants. If Late Blight was the culprit please read this article before you eat or preserve them.
- Next Master Gardener class in southwestern Michigan will begin Janury 21, 2015. Information and registration is available on this webpage.
Digging Deeper - Gardening Resources
- Gardening in Michigan
- The Garden Professors Blog
- eXtension Master Gardener Blog
- MSU Soil Test Kit
- Certified Arborists
Be alert for these invasive pests:
- Spotted wing drosophila, a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops.
- Oak Wilt, a potentially deadly disease of red oak trees
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, causing feeding damage in high value specialty crops including tomatoes, sweet peppers, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears and cherries as well as damage in corn and soybeans.
- Bed Bugs