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Free 'Heart of Italy' tomato plants with Doug on Saturday

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog heart of italyb'Heart of Italy' has become one of my favorite tomatoes. I'm giving the plants away this Saturday. Photo by Doug Oster

Discovering an amazing tomato after nearly 30 years of gardening is simply wonderful.

'Heart of Italy' was introduced to me a couple season ago when my daughter stumbled on to the variety at Hahn Nursery. "Mom will love this one," she said, and she was right. I fact everyone in the family loves this tomato.

It's an oxheart variety which is pink, thin skinned, meaty and filled with old fashioned flavor.

Hahn has donated a flat and a half for me to give away this Saturday at the Mercer Bicentennial Celebration. They will produce fruit by the end of the season if planted soon.

I'll be on the town square in Mercer on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. as part of the festivities.

I'll be answering garden questions, talking gardening, giving things away and signing books too.

I spent a lot of time in Mercer when I worked for the Youngstown Vindicator, I'm looking forward to seeing all my old friends.

The day is packed with great festivities.

On Saturday enjoy historical tours, artisans, quilt show, Civil War encampment, food, farmers’ market.

Also on Saturday, take your family to the Old-Fashioned Day in Brandy Springs Park, south of Mercer. From  from noon until the Fireworks at 9:30pm.

There will be balloon animals, pizza and ice cream eating contests, car cruise-in at 4pm, entertainment, crafts, food, games and more.

There's more information here.

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