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Tomatoes.

Plump for the pickin'

U horticulturist offers planting tips.

From M, summer 2005

Nancy Rose, an educator with the U of M Extension Service, offers advice on growing your own produce and flowers. * Warm-season vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and cucumbers, grow best when nighttime temperatures are 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above. * Cool season crops or leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale, and spinach, can be planted in April or early May. Sow small amounts of the seeds every week or two so you can continue to have a harvest that's young and tender into the cooler months. * Grow herbs conveniently close to the kitchen. Basil, parsley, thyme, and rosemary grow well in containers. Dill, a larger plant, grows better in the garden. * Memorial Day weekend is a great time to start planting flowers. Try blue salvia, lavatera, and the old-fashioned flowering tobacco-its white star-shaped flowers that open in the evening "have the most wonderful fragrance imaginable and they attract sphinx moths," Rose says.

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