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Growing Them in Black Hills


Roxy Hunter starts tomato seeds indoors. She assembles her equipment: a seed germination heat mat (available at greenhouses and hardware stores), a rack large enough to hold the flats, lights and a supply of pots in graded sizes for transplanting before setting out.  
     She has learned not to rush the season. According to her records, she planted between April 6 and April 15 and achieved germination in three to four days. All were transplanted into larger pots twice or three times. The plants, with terrific root systems and compact healthy top growth, were set out (after six to 10 days of hardening off) the first week of June.  
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Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

 

If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.


I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.


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