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Continued: Tips for growing tasty tomatoes

  • Article by: RHONDA HAYES , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 21, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Fertilize regularly with a water-soluble mixture. If you prefer to go organic, try feeding with fish emulsion. It’s effective, if a bit smelly.

Keep them to yourself

You’re not the only one looking forward to the first fruits of summer. Squirrels, raccoons and chipmunks have been known to sample them, too. Try hot pepper sprays or other animal repellents to keep them away. Remember, you’ll need to reapply after a rain.

Slugs, hornworms and stinkbugs may take tiny bites that create blemishes on your tomatoes. Vigilant handpicking is the least toxic way to deal with these pests.

 

Rhonda Hayes is a Minneapolis-based garden writer. She blogs at www.thegardenbuzz.com.

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