Want to grow your own tomatoes? The Master Gardeners will show you how

Milford. Early June is the best time to plant tomatoes for your favorite summer dishes.

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“Each year, I continue to grow yellow tomatoes from seed that my grandfather planted 70 years ago.”
Master Gardener Gretel Walker

Early June is the best time to begin planting tomatoes for your summer harvest. With a few easy tricks, starting tomatoes from seed is exciting, economical, and delicious.

The Master Gardeners of Pike County will conduct an hour-long, hands-on workshop that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 (rain date is June 9 at noon). This outdoor event will be held at the Community Garden, which is sponsored by the Milford Garden Club and the Master Gardeners of Pike County. It is located at the Milford Township Building, located at 560 Route 6 and 209 just outside the borough. The Community Garden grows vegetables and flowers that are donated to the Milford Ecumenical Food Pantry. Bring your own chair to the program.

At this informal session, participants will learn the secrets of how to grow tomatoes from seed, how to plant for maximum yield, and tricks for watering without worry.

“There is nothing more delightful than a summer tomato picked straight from your garden,” said Master Gardener Gretel Walker. “Each year, I continue to grow yellow tomatoes from seed that my grandfather planted 70 years ago.”

The Master Gardeners will be available for questions. The cost is $10, prepaid. Register by emailing PikeExt@esu.edu, or calling 1-877-345-0691.

Call the hotline

Did you know that the Penn State Extension office sponsors a “hot line?”

The Master Gardeners answer questions on a variety of topics including growing vegetables, fruits, ornamentals and turfgrass, plant identification, pruning, and insect and disease problems. Advice encourages the use of integrated pest management and environmentally sound practices.

The Master Gardeners are available on Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and noon at their office located at 514 Broad St., Milford. For more information call 570-296-3400.

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