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Coax tomatoes and peppers to maturity

Use plastic sheeting to warm the soil.

May 18, 2012 | News Story

Planning now brings a good tomato season next year

If you had problems with blossom-end rot this year, try amending the soil with lime and changing your watering habits.

Kym Pokorny | Sep 7, 2018 | News Story

Central Oregon Vegetable Gardening

A collection of articles for growing vegetables in Central Oregon. Include general information, recommendations, soil temperatures, rhubarb, potatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, tomatoes and tomatillos.

Jul 2018 | Collection

No showers for tomatoes.

Q: I read not to spray tomatoes, only hydrate from the bottom. I've heard that spraying on a hot, sunny day can blister veggies. Today I replanted my starter plants; I'm aching to spray them with water because it is so hot today. Should I wait until dusk, spray all veggies but tomatoes?

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Tips for growing big, beautiful tomatoes

OSU expert offers tips for success

Kym Pokorny | Jun 5, 2015 | News Story

Shade tree wanted, what, when and how should I plant?

Q: Hello, I live in Bend and have a south-facing back yard that really heats up in the sun. I'd like to plant a tree that will provide a canopy of shade and prefer deciduous for this purpose. Can you suggest one or more that will do well here?  

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Tomato lovers: Grow the best by recognizing and solving common problems

From blossom drop to blight, tomato troubles frustrate gardeners

Kym Pokorny | Jun 9, 2017 | News Story

Many water-wise trees are available for home gardens

Need help finding a drought tolerant tree?

May 4, 2007 | News Story

Help your tomatoes stand tall with a DIY tomato cage

Giving tomato plants a boost can make a difference in the amount of fruit the plant produces, according to Master Gardeners trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Jul 19, 2013 | News Story

'Legend' tomato is big, early and late blight resistant

OSU vegetable breeders have developed a large, late blight resistant, yet early bearing tomato called “Legend.”

Mar 7, 2003 | News Story