tomato is probably the most commonly grown food plant. Almost
every back yard gardener has given them a try. Tomatoes come in
an ever increasing number of varieties. Even some that bear fruit
all winter (if we don't get a really hard frost. But they all
start out looking pretty much like this.
These are the flowers of the tomato. If you pick a variety designed for your climate, they are generally not very hard to grow, and care for.
The reward for the effort, of course, is the fruit. Again, there are many varieties most red, some yellow. Some have very large fruit, some intermediate like these, some have clusters of small fruit (cherry tomatoes), or even smaller (grape tomatoes). I usually plant several varieties, then forget what their names were.
common problem with tomatoes, especially when planted in the same
ground year after year, is fusarium wilt. The fusarium only
effects the plants when the need for water is high in hot
weather. Since I don't need to make a living from my tomatoes, I
simply replace the plants which don't survive after the weather
cools. Most people who grow tomatoes are familiar with tomato worms.
like to tend nymphs of keeled
treehoppers on tomato plants. Planting marigolds among the
tomatoes discourages the ants.
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