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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
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 and deadly diseases:
- 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.
- Thousand Cankers Disease which primarily affect black walnut trees.
- Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that was first spotted in southeastern Michigan in 2002, and has since spread through the Midwest. It is deadly to untreated ash trees.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle, a serious pest of hardwood trees.
Please report sightings of these invasive pests to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
Other pests you may encounter:
Diseases and insects affecting evergreen trees:
- Common problems affecting the health of evergreen trees.
- Needlecast diseases can infect most evergreen trees.