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Another tomato challenge joins the party!

Reader Tina Valetutti-Kraemer's tomato plants.

Reader Tina Valetutti-Kraemer's tomato plants. (Credit: Handout)

Reader Tina Valetutti-Kraemer has joined this year’s Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, starting her plants from seeds she obtained from prizewinning tomato growers, including Great Long Island Tomato Challenge veteran Billy King: "I started them a little earlier this year in newspaper pots with Father Nature's Seed Starting mix,” she said. “When I planted them in the garden, I added two tablespoons of ground-up eggshells and some Tomato Matter Organic Fertilizer. This year I didn't plant as many as I did last year. I planted Beefsteak, Hillbilly, Giant Belguim, Rozi, Magnum, Red Lightning, Brandywine, Yellow Stuffers, Virginia Sweets, Yellow Pear, Sungold, Jelly Bean and one that I call Barry's Tiny Tomato (these seed were given to me by a man named Barry who didn't know the variety), and last but not least, Rhode Island Giant tomatoes. Those seeds were given to me by former Great Long Island Tomato Challege winner Billy King (thank you, Billy). See you in August!"

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