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Enter the 2014 Garden Poetry contest

What inspires you? Write an ode to your

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It's time for the 6th annual Garden Poetry Contest. We survived the brutal winter of 2013-14, so this year's topic is, "We've earned it!"

Send in your original poem of 10 lines or less that conveys your heartfelt feelings about the upcoming season: Express your preference for shoveling mulch instead of snow, wax poetic about how keeping your mind on homegrown produce got you through February,...

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Enter the 2014 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

The Tomato King: William Bouziotis of Northport holds

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The 8th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge will be Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville).

Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest fruit to the event. I'll weigh your tomatoes personally and crown the 2014 Tomato King or Queen.

The rules (revised for this year):

-Tomatoes must be homegrown,...

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