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Garden 'siteseeing' among tomato growers

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While I'm tromping through the snow on my morning walk to work in -9 degree F. temps (-22 C), I dream of the one plant that more than all others says "summer" to me: tomatoes.

Since we pay weekly Web visits to gardens -- and those who create and tend them -- in other parts of the US and the world, this seemed to go time to drop in on those who specialize in my favorite vegetable (yes, I know, it's technically a fruit).

In Kentucky at the Garden Desk, Mark and Renee document what happens in their organic garden. You may have read about Kentucky's big snowstorm. Here you can see the snow and ice in all their glory, as the family removes them from their new greenhouse.

But they also tempt you with discussions of tomatoes. Included are some "tomato goals" for this year: grow a very large tomato, raise at least seven colors of tomatoes and 35 different varieties, see how early they can harvest a ripe tomato (so far the earliest is June 5!), try to grow a tomato vine that's at least 15 feet tall,  make some time-lapse videos of tomato plants growing, construct a raised bed for tomatoes using cinderblocks and PVC pipe, and grow some tomatoes by the upside-down method.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Still in a tomato mood, let's visit the international team that produces TomatoCasual. They include a London chef who supplies delicious-sounding recipes

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