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Tomato lovers will attest that homegrown always tastes best. But homegrown tomatoes don't always win beauty contests. Some are cracked, split, off-color or just plain ugly. CAES News
Tomato lovers will attest that homegrown always tastes best. But homegrown tomatoes don't always win beauty contests. Some are cracked, split, off-color or just plain ugly.
Ugly "Maters"
There are several tomato disorders that cause a variety of deformities in tomatoes. Most of these disorders are caused by environmental stresses, insects or certain plant diseases. 
Small tomatoes growing on vine CAES News
Small tomatoes growing on vine
Tomato Types
The desire for fresh, homegrown tomatoes is the main reason many homeowners plant gardens. Most tomato plants are planted in late March and April, and every spring some homeowners run into problems with their tomato plants.
Wood ash leftover from roaring fires added to a garden plot also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil, similar to applying lime. UGA Cooperative Extension experts say, like lime, wood ash will increase the pH level in your soil, so add it in moderation. CAES News
Wood ash leftover from roaring fires added to a garden plot also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil, similar to applying lime. UGA Cooperative Extension experts say, like lime, wood ash will increase the pH level in your soil, so add it in moderation.
Wood Ash
Many Georgia families enjoy building roaring fires in their fireplaces or wood-burning stoves during the winter. Whether as a source of heat or for enjoyment, when the flames die down, a pile of wood ash remains. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer vegetable specialist Bob Westerfield says that wood ash can be added to garden soil in moderation.
Jessie Holbrook of Union County, who submitted a pumpkin weighing 644 pounds, took first place in the Georgia 4-H pumpkin-growing contest this year.  CAES News
Jessie Holbrook of Union County, who submitted a pumpkin weighing 644 pounds, took first place in the Georgia 4-H pumpkin-growing contest this year. 
Giant Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a staple of the fall season. Some people like pumpkins baked in pie, and some like them carved and lit up on their front porches for Halloween. Georgia 4-H’ers, on the other hand, like them to weigh hundreds of pounds. 
Collards are a true Southern favorite and in they grow well in Georgia fall vegetable gardens. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommend planting Collard 'Blue Max', 'Georgia Southern' or 'Hevi-Crop,' all varieties shown to perform well in Georgia. CAES News
Collards are a true Southern favorite and in they grow well in Georgia fall vegetable gardens. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommend planting Collard 'Blue Max', 'Georgia Southern' or 'Hevi-Crop,' all varieties shown to perform well in Georgia.
Fall Veggies
Some fall vegetables are best purchased as transplants. These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Vegetables that can be planted as seeds include beets, bunching onions, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.
Controlling the erosion of your soil can improve your vegetable garden and protect the soil. Soil erosion is related to multiple factors, including the type of soil and how much cover is holding the soil. CAES News
Controlling the erosion of your soil can improve your vegetable garden and protect the soil. Soil erosion is related to multiple factors, including the type of soil and how much cover is holding the soil.
Sun & Soil
Before planting a fall garden, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists say select a spot that gets a lot of sun, have your soil tested and plant Georgia-friendly varieties.
A cucumber vine grows in a backyard garden in Butts County, Ga. CAES News
A cucumber vine grows in a backyard garden in Butts County, Ga.
Succession Planting
Succession planting simply means that you plant vegetables continuously throughout the season. Planting this way ensures that, as older plants mature and end their production cycle, new ones start to produce. This practice extends the harvest window and ensures the availability of produce at the peak of production throughout the growing season.
Fresh vegetables grown organically by an Elijay, Ga., farmer CAES News
Fresh vegetables grown organically by an Elijay, Ga., farmer
Gardening Series
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will offer a six-week “Gardening in the South” short course on Saturdays from April 21 until May 26 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden (CGBG) at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia.
At Rock Eagle 4-H Center, students learn about pioneer life at the Scott Site. They pump water from a well, wash clothes on a washboard and gain an appreciation for modern-day life. This year, they planted a vegetable garden and provided produce for the center's dining hall. CAES News
At Rock Eagle 4-H Center, students learn about pioneer life at the Scott Site. They pump water from a well, wash clothes on a washboard and gain an appreciation for modern-day life. This year, they planted a vegetable garden and provided produce for the center's dining hall.
Rock Eagle Garden
The heritage garden at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Scott Site is more than a teaching tool, it’s a living museum.
Students peel hibiscus calyxes from the seed pods that form from the plant's showy flowers. The calyxes are used for brewing tea high in vitamin C. CAES News
Students peel hibiscus calyxes from the seed pods that form from the plant's showy flowers. The calyxes are used for brewing tea high in vitamin C.
Medicinal Herbs
Many gardeners keep an herb garden to stock their kitchens with parsley, thyme and cilantro. That same herb garden can turn out tasty, healthful teas.