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July 4, 2014

Gardener’s almanac (July 5)

Fourth of July tomatoes — After wondering last week whether any gardeners had picked Fourth of July tomatoes yet, I received a “yes indeed” from a reader in Potwin. In fact, Fourth of July produced tomatoes in June for this gardener, who plants seedlings of that variety the last week of April, covering them early on when the nights get cold. The tomatoes are somewhat small but are still very welcome this time of year. A tip that this tomato grower learned this year: Stick a marker flag (the wire-stem type from a farm-supply store) right alongside the stem when you plant. This helps stymie cutworms.

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