Tag Archives: Tomato culture

Keep Pearland Beautiful Lecture: Heirloom Tomatoes

Keep Pearland Beautiful presents a FREE lecture – Heirloom Tomatoes with Horticulture Agent Stephen Brueggerhoff. This will be a Facebook Live! event, and browse to Brazoria County AgriLife Extension Facebook page to join in: www.facebook.com/brazoriacountyextension/ Heirloom Tomatoes. Life is much better with tomatoes, and enjoy a presentation on successful tomato varieties for our county. KPB garden lecture series promotes best practices in home garden development and management. Instructed by Brazoria County AgriLife Horticulture Agent Stephen Brueggerhoff and Brazoria County Master Gardener experts, topics will include vegetable production as… Read More →

Starting Veggies from Seed

While winter is a time of renewal, a natural cycle that whispers for stillness and contemplation, I find that I am not one to rest on my laurels. I am already planning ordering new tomato varieties that we will use as trial plants this spring and scheduling seed propagation. There are advantages to starting tomato varieties and other vegetables by seed, such as earlier harvest and the potential to lessen insect infestation by production ahead of pest life cycle such as Leaf-footed Bugs for tomatoes and Squash Vine… Read More →

Extending the Tomato Harvest

It’s tomato harvest time, and avid gardeners are taking pride collecting and eating their delicious homegrown tomatoes. My personal observation is that gardening pride is directly related to production success, often measured in either weight or volume. While varieties such as Big Beef, Cherokee Purple, Delicious and Mortgage Lifter are beefsteak style tomatoes that may take longer to grow, the payoff are harvests that can equal up to 50 pounds per plant. I encourage readers to take pride in healthy eating habits by an enhancing personal nutrition by… Read More →

Tasting Home Grown Tomatoes

Our very own Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association and Brazoria County AgriLife Extension just finished hosting a Tomato Celebration, an event supporting Open Garden Days at the Brazoria County Environmental Education Station (BEES garden center) in Angleton this past Saturday, June 9, 2018. The event was a way to show off the gardens while celebrating a popular fruit with our community. Yours truly gave a presentation on tomato culture in Brazoria County, we toured interested friends and family through the many themed garden areas (rose garden, square-foot garden,… Read More →

Tomato Event: Open Garden Days

Enjoy all things tomato at the FREE Open Garden Days on June 9 at the BEES Garden Center, 585 CR 443 (Hospital Dr) in Angleton. We will have a tasting and rating of several ‘home grown’ tomatoes in Brazoria County. Presentation on tomato culture at 10 am by County Horticulturist Stephen Brueggerhoff. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens, learn a bit about tomatoes and we’ll see you in June! For more information, browse online: https://brazoria.agrilife.org/ or call our office: 979-864-1558.

The Stink on Leaf-footed Bugs

Our vegetable harvests should be in full swing at this point of summer, and I am sure you have noticed a gathering of insects we commonly call stinkbug on your tomatoes as well as bell peppers. You may have seen one to five of them on your veggies about early May and now, by all appearances, the populations are high and appear to be damaging your vegetables. I offer information that will help us understand the form, habit, function and potential control of these unwanted visitors. Leaf-footed Bug… Read More →