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Triple-duty tomato trellis

This week in the garden: Low temperatures and hail threats delayed some planting again this week. Master gardener Everett Price’s tomatoes were ready to go into the ground, and he planned to plant cucumber and cantaloupe seed directly in the garden, as well as pepper transplants and sweet corn as it warms up again.

As he gets ready for the master gardeners’ garden tour May 16 through May 18, Everett is seeing some Bermuda that is not filling in as thickly as he’d like, so he’s taking plugs from less noticeable places in the lawn and transplanting them to bare spots higher-traffic areas.

Everett makes a nifty trellis for his tomatoes that also holds up shading cucumbers and cantaloupe on the outside. See the how-to video at

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In bloom at Botanica

A bulb that extends the spring-flowering season, Camassia leichtlinii, in the Downing Children’s Garden and the Milburn Aquatic Collection.

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