Here are some great resources on harvesting vegetables from Iowa State University Extension
Vegetable Harvest Outline (the quick reference guide)
Best Tasting Tomato Contest
Here are the rules from the Iowa State Fair - after you click, just scroll down to the last page!
This division will not require pre-entry and there will be no entry fee for it.
Bring two tomatoes (one to taste, one for people to see) to the Agriculture Building, Agricultural and Horticultural Crops Department, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 12. Judging will start at 10:00 a.m. in the Agriculture Building, Stage Area.
The tomatoes will be judged entirely on the taste. We are looking for the best tasting, large sandwich sized tomato. Based on this, patio, cherry, grape, yellow, orange and striped tomatoes are excluded.
The variety name must be on the entry tag, but will be hidden from the judges.
More details are available in the Fair book. (scroll to the last page)
Watermelon Beefsteak Tomato
A listener sent us this wonderful photo of their tomato. The cultivar is 'Watermelon Beefsteak'
This Week at Reiman Gardens
The Washed Ashore exhibit is still at Reiman Gardens. See it before it goes on October 31!
Kansas City Garden Tour
Aaron recently visited Kansas City - here are some photos from the trip!
Powell Gardens Entrance
Powell Gardens Chapel
Birds Botanicals - this nursery grow orchids and carnivorous plants in a cave!
Cobra Lily at Birds Botanicals