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Tell us about your tomatoes

This is Kathy Morrison's Tomato Class of 2019 portrait. Top row, from left: Limmony, Valley Girl, Lemon Boy, Brandy Boy, Chef’s Choice Orange, Big Mama, Raisa’s Heirloom. Bottom row: Sun Sugar, Sweet Chelsea, Juliet, Painted Lady, Pink Boar, Supersteak, Pork Chop, Queen of Hearts, Robeson, First Prize. Missing (no ripe ones available): Red Pride, Orange Pixie, Burbank, Momotaro and Big Beef. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

How did your garden grow during the summer of 2019?

It’s report card time: Tell us about your tomatoes!

What variety grew best in your garden? Which one was a total flop?

We’re compiling a season-end summary of the crop of 2019. Here’s your chance to share your success stories as well as your challenges and other observations.

Did you discover a new favorite? Permanently cross a finicky heirloom off your list? Was this a bad bug summer?

Tell us! Send your tomato notes to: or . Or just post them on our Sacramento Digs Gardening Facebook page. We’ll compile them from there.

Besides tomatoes, if there are any other crops or plants that did exceptionally well in your garden this summer, share that, too.

This is garden-variety crowd sourcing. From these notes, we’ll all have a better picture of how Sacramento tomatoes performed in 2019, a non-drought summer, with hopefully some good recommendations for next year.

Thanks in advance for your notes. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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