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DARREL KOEHLER: Now is the time to plant tomatoes as well as other warm-season crops

Published 05/31/2009, Grand Forks Herald

What’s a garden without tomatoes? Not much is the simple response. Most people look forward to that first taste of fresh, home-grown tomatoes each summer. After months of the store-bought kind, these succulent red orbs of summer are well worth the wait. Tomatoes are one of the most widely used fruits, and the surplus from your patch can be canned or frozen and used for sauces, stews, casseroles and pizzas. The Prairie Gardener particularly enjoys old-fashioned tomato preserves, a sweet jam-like concoction, which can enliven toast on a cold January morning. But, we digress.

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