first_imgWhat about your tomato crop this year? Was it good, bad or awful? Fall is a good timefor a full evaluation of your effort.Did you grow one of the standards or try anything new? Were you happy with the cultivargrown? If not, remember that next year and try a different one.Did you have the right fertility program? Did you have white, hard spots in yourtomatoes? Were the fruits small or did they fall off in the bloom stage? All of theseproblems are a results of your fertility program.Remember, the soil test is one of the most important parts of tomato growing. You needto test a soil sample in November or early December.Did you have blossom end rot? If you did, the calcium level from the soil test iscritical. This problem results from inadequate calcium levels, along with waterfluctuations.Speaking of water, fall is a good time, too, to get that drip irrigation you were goingto put in the garden for next spring. Drip is the ecological way to save water. It willreduce the chances of some diseases, too, by keeping the foliage dry.And before you put up those tomato cages, spray them with a 15 percent bleach solution.That will prevent carrying over this year’s diseases.Finally, remember where you planted tomatoes this year so you can change places nextyear. That, too, will reduce chances for disease and insect buildup next season.To get a soil test kit, see your county Extension Service agent.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released a statement on the budget process and outlined his priorities in the push towards a final budget agreement.“Working with Republicans and Democrats, I am proud of our work to compromise and tackle big issues like pension reform, drug treatment, liquor reform, education funding and more,” Governor Wolf said. “I remain hopeful that these accomplishments will create momentum for a responsible budget.“In February, I presented a budget that closed the deficit and protected investments in schools, seniors and fighting the heroin epidemic. This proposal included more than $2 billion in cuts, savings, and efficiencies and $1 billion from a severance tax and closing loopholes, and investments in education and the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. I believe strongly that the General Assembly can build on this proposal and compromise to achieve a responsible, long-term, final budget.”Governor Wolf also prefers options from his budget, including a severance tax and closing loopholes, instead of making ends meet through indiscriminate, devastating cuts to programs like job training, school safety, child care, and mental health and substance use treatment, as proposed in House Bill 218.Governor Wolf understands the reality of divided government but a final agreement must achieve the following important goals:It should be a long-term solution to our budget challenges through a combination of savings, efficiencies, and closing loopholes to ensure everyone is paying their fair share.It should protect his proposed investments in our schools, from Pre-K to higher education.It should allow government to work more efficiently, deliver better services and generate long term savings, including the creation of the Department of Health and Human Services and the creation of the Department of Criminal Justice. Governor Wolf Outlines Budget Prioritiescenter_img June 19, 2017last_img read more