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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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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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