Soil Testing, Planning Your Tomato Garden, Fiendish Weed Seeds

We start out talking about why you might eat stinging nettles, or just avoid these painful plants. Learn about varieties for your tomato garden and why heirloom tomatoes aren’t always the best choice. Plus dormant weed seeds and basil downy mildew disease.

:30 Did You Know: Nettles
7:12 Eat/Drink/Grow: Planning your tomato garden
Inside Information: Fiendish Weed Seeds
23:43 Love Letters and Questions: Paul asks why his basil keeps dying in mid-summer.

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In this episode we mention an article on a weed seed experiment published in the January/February issue of The American Gardener magazine, published by the American Horticultural Society.

Learn to recognize stinging nettles plants, whether you plan to eat them or avoid them.


Tomato plants should get started from seed about eight to ten weeks before you plan to put them in the garden. 

Sungold is one variety that C.L. MUST have in her tomato garden.

Oh Happy Day tomatoes are another variety that is always included in the Fornari vegetable garden.

This is how a basil plant with downy mildew appears. 

Here is an Amazel Basil plant in the fall in C.L.’s Garden. It did not get downy mildew!

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