Ageless garden favorite

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaThe Incas of Peru and Mayas of Mexico were growing tomatoes morethan 3,000 years ago. When Spanish conquistadors introduced themin Europe in the mid-16th Century, they caught on first in Italy.Can you imagine spaghetti now without tomato sauce?Tomatoes are popular worldwide now. In North America, though,early settlers regarded them as poisonous plants.It was centuries before they found favor here. In the early1900s, U.S. scientists were still trying to convince people oftheir safety and their value as a source of vitamins A and C.Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are warm-season annualplants. They grow best when days are around 75 degrees and nightsabout 65. Most people consider the tomato a vegetable.Botanically, though, it’s a fruit.In your gardenCountless tomato cultivars are available now. New ones are beingadded every year. For your garden, select varieties based onearly to late fruiting, insect and disease resistance, fruitsize, color and flavor.In general, there are two types of tomato plants. Determinate, orbush tomato plants, stop growing once they flower. Mostcommercial varieties are determinate.Indeterminate plants keep growing until frost or disease getsthem. Many of the popular salad and cherry varieties, such as”Better Boy” or “Roma,” are indeterminate.Always choose cultivars with disease resistance. The label willindicate resistance with capital letters such as F (fusarium), V(verticillium), N (nematodes) and T (tobacco mosaic).The right stuffTomatoes require well-drained soils, full sun and good aircirculation around each plant and among plants. Don’t plant inlow areas or where water tends to stand after rain or watering.You can grow tomato plants from direct seed or transplants, butyou’ll likely be more successful with the latter.Choose healthy, vigorous transplants. After transplanting,immediately stake or cage the plants to avoid future injuries tobranches and root systems. Apply mulch, and pick weeds by hand aswell. Tomatoes are extremely sensitive to herbicide damage.Keeping the soil uniformly moist all season is a must forsuccessful tomato growing. Letting the moisture go back and forthfrom too wet to too dry will lead to fruit disorders, such ascracking and blossom-end rot, and more disease problems.Tomatoes are heavy feeders. They require a constant but notexcessive supply of nutrients. It’s best to base your fertilizerprogram on a soil test analysis. Any University of GeorgiaExtension Service county office can provide a soil test.Once they’re harvested, tomatoes may change color, but they won’timprove in nutrition or flavor. They can accomplish this onlywhile they’re still attached to the plant.So, pick your tomatoes just before you eat them. Truly vine-ripetomatoes will have the best taste and the bonus of a highercontent of vitamins A and C.(Marco Fonseca is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Arsenal lining up transfer move for Manchester United target William Saliba

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Jose Mourinho has been impressed with the young defender (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho showered Saliba with praise last week amid rumours that his former club, United, were interested in the France Under-19 international.‘I think he has everything needed to become a good player, much like Kurt Zouma, who I signed,’ Mourinho said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesSaliba signed a long-term contract with Saint-Etienne last month, with the Ligue 1 outfit anticipating offers for the youngster this summer.Speaking about his contract extension, Saliba said: ‘I am very happy to extend my adventure with Saint-Etienne, the club where I came up from as a youngster.‘I want to thank all my youth coaches and everyone who has contributed to my progression at this club.’MORE: Zinedine Zidane aims swipe at Gareth Bale after denying him Real Madrid farewell Arsenal and Manchester United are both interested in signing William Saliba (left) (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly preparing to do battle with Manchester United for Saint-Etienne star William Saliba in the summer transfer window.Saliba, 18, has had an outstanding debut season in France, making 17 appearances since breaking into Jean-Louis Gasset’s first-team, and the defender’s accomplished performances have caught the attention of the Premier League’s elite.United have been credited with a strong interest in Saliba and, according to Goal, Arsenal have been keeping close tabs on the teenage centre-back all season.The report claims that Arsenal are convinced by Saliba’s potential and have been impressed with the level of his maturity for such a young player.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery will have just £40 million to spend on reinforcements this summer if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League by beating Chelsea in the Europa League final.The Spaniard will prioritise signing a top-class central defender and Saliba has emerged as the club’s top target in this position. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 May 2019 5:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Arsenal lining up transfer move for Manchester United target William Salibalast_img read more

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Opponent preview: What to know about Cornell

first_img Published on November 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Following two lopsided wins over non-conference opponents, Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) welcomes Cornell (1-3) to the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. The game will mark the third matchup between Jim Boeheim and his son, Big Red junior forward Jimmy Boeheim. Syracuse has beaten Cornell in both matchups the last two seasons.Here’s what to know about this year’s installment of the Battle of the Boeheims:Gambling Odds: As of Tuesday evening, Syracuse is 19.5-point favorite, with a total of 130, according to Pinnacle.All-time series: Syracuse leads 93-31The Cornell report: Cornell’s lone win this season came against Binghamton and the Big Red haven’t had much success elsewhere since that season-opening victory. Their adjusted offense currently ranks 242nd and adjusted defense ranks 306th, per KenPom.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree Big Red players are currently averaging double-digits led by Jimmy with 15.3 points per game and guard Terrance McBride with 14.5 points per game. The Big Red have been more effective from inside the three-point arc (42nd in the nation on two-point shots) than 3-pointers (253rd nationally).The biggest threat to Syracuse down low will be Josh Warren. The senior 6-foot-8 forward posted a double-double against NJIT and scored 19 points, dished seven assists and snagged six rebounds against Binghamton.How Syracuse beats Cornell: Syracuse beats Cornell by hitting its shots. Cornell hasn’t played well to start the season, particularly in defending 3-pointers. The Big Red are ranked 270th in opponent 3-point field goal percentage. Syracuse hasn’t ranked well in the statistic offensively, only hitting 30% of 3-pointers, but Boeheim has said repeatedly that Syracuse will shoot more 3s this year.If the shots from beyond the arc fall on Wednesday, the Orange will make quick work of the Big Red. Cornell isn’t the kind of team that can keep pace with Syracuse’s scoring. The Big Red won’t shoot well against the zone, which forces outside shots. So, as long as the Orange doesn’t repeat their Virginia performance, they will be more than fine.Stat to know: 81.5% — Syracuse’s opponents have a combined 81.5% free-throw percentage. Only eight teams in the country have had opponents shoot better against them from the charity stripe.KenPom odds: Syracuse has been given a 96% chance to win. The projected final score is a 74-55 SU win.Player to watch: Jimmy Boeheim, forward, No. 3Of course, it will all start with Jimmy — a junior forward who leads the Big Red with a 15.3 points per game average. In his first two games against Syracuse, Jimmy has scored a combined 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Last season, he shot 46% from the field and 35% on 3-pointers for a Cornell team that lost in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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