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Cheating works

Written by Doug Oster on .

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Each spring as I make the rounds speaking at nurseries and garden centers around the area and pick up a big tomato plant or two. I stick them in my greenhouse and then plant them in mid May. I've been picking off and on for weeks, but now the first true harvest has arrived.

Most of these came from huge plants I got at Yarnick's Farm in Indiana. My radio partner Jessica Walliser calls it cheating, but I don't see any harm in eating homegrown tomatoes before summer is over, do you?

Each variety offers a different texture and taste, that's one of the things that's so fun about vegetable gardeners, trying new things.

Remember to keep the garden watered when rain is scarce and feed plants with a good organic fertilizer. If you're growing tomatoes, make sure you're spraying them with an organic fungicide to prevent late blight. The disease is around, but hasn't really caught hold yet, and that's the way we want it.

Variety is the spice of life, grow lots of different things and plant outside the box. A three foot high tomato plants put in the ground in May or later will provide lots of fresh fruit to enjoy.

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