The University of Maryland Extension (UME) has a fantastic “Grow It Eat It” program. This year, they have declared 2016 as the Year of the Tomato. To celebrate this popular veggie, they created a site devoted to learning more about growing, harvesting, and preserving/canning tomatoes, http://extension.umd.edu/growit/2016-year-tomato. The site has a variety of resources: a list of local UME offices, contact information for Maryland’s gardening experts, and the list of the Master Gardener plant clinics for getting answers to tomato problems. It also has a link to their Youtube playlist of tomato information; recommended cultivars; winners of the 2015 tomato tasting events; and tomato-related articles on the Grow It Eat It blog. Although this is a UME resource, the information is applicable to those of us who live in the Mid-Atlantic area so Virginia and DC residents can enjoy the bounty. If you ever wanted to grow tomatoes successfully, now is the time!
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Peggy’s lectures and workshops
Sunday, 3/24, 1 to 2 pm, Lecture on 10 culinary herbs at Merrifield Garden Center, Gainesville location, free.
Saturday, 3/30, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Workshop on multiplying plants through cuttings & divisions, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA. Register via Parktakes, code 586.37E6 or call GSG (703) 642-5173.
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