OK, OK, OK. I get it. Everyone has a secret technique to producing the most/jusiest/frost resistant tomatoes. I think we can all agree that this fruit/vegetable has a lot of fans. And why not? It is versatile, cooks well, cans well and is especially tasty the way I like them, right off the vine (another reason to switch to organic gardening methods)
So to ensure that all sides are satisfied, I turn to a tried and true Texas Institution: Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences. For those of you who are not familiar with Texas A&M, it is THE source for agricultural research and development. This academic tower of learning is not ivory, however, it is a solid green and flying proudly on top is the maroon and white flag of the Texas A&M University Football team – Gig ’em Aggies!
Aggie Jokes are part of Texas Culture. Here is an Aggie joke for Aggie and gardening fans alike:
An Aggie goes into the feed store and tells the owner that he was starting a chicken farm and needs to buy about 500 baby chicks. The feed store owner sells the Aggie the required number of chicks and wishes him luck.
Two weeks later the Aggie buys another 500 baby chicks from the feed store.
Another two weeks goes by and the aggie returns to the feed store for yet another 500 chicks. The feed store owner says “Boy your going to have one large chicken farm with 1500 chickens!!”
The Aggie answers,
“Not really, I haven’t had much luck. Not sure if I’m burying them too deep or just too close together.”
But I digress. Back to fall gardening. For the final word on fall vegetable growing (especially tomatoes) I refer you to the Aggie Horticulture Archives: http://hortweb.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/fallgarden/fallgrowing.html
Aggie Gardening and remember to “bee” positive!