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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 March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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