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Just as the song says there's nothing better than homegrown tomatoes. Now, I've been having to beat the birds, and the neighbors, and the kids off of these tomatoes to keep them until we could put them on television because I sure am proud of them and they're mighty nice.

A lot of people say, "Well, I have tomatoes, but they are not red ripe yet. Why not?" Well, it could be that you didn't plant them early enough. These were planted in late February. It could be that you might not have used the extension recommended variety. Bingo is ripening at this time of the year. And, of course this is one called Heatwave, which will be put on later on for the fall production. So you might want to try Heatwave and one called Surefire for the fall production planted in August.

A lot of people with tomatoes at this year are noticing that the leaves are turning yellow at the bottom of the plant, dying up and that's a fungus disease. So you might want to use something like Ortho Multi-Purpose Fungicide, spray them every seven days and be sure that you keep your leaves healthy and happy because if they're healthy, and put a lot of them on, they will produce a lot of big nice red tomatoes, which will make your boy happy.

See what you think about that, boy. Eat it.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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