Garden Detective

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Tomato contestants: John and Joyce Chanda

John Chanda grows tomatoes in a 4-foot-by-4-foot patch

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Reader Joyce Chanda has a heartwarming story to tell: After she and her husband John tragically lost their Massapequa home during superstorm Sandy, the couple relocated to an apartment in Holbrook.

John and their son, Justin, have had "an obsession with gardening, especially, tomatoes," Joyce said, but after leaving their garden behind, "we thought this enjoyment was over,"...

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Tomato contestant: John G. Aicher of Southold

Reader John G. Aicher of Southold grew Burpee

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These beauties were nurtured from seed by John G. Aicher of Southold. He sowed Burpee Big Boys indoors on March 19, then transplanted into pots outdoors. Here they are flowering his patio on May 26.

We're looking forward to seeing John at the 2013 Great Long island Tomato Challenge in August.

Are you in?

This year’s contest will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Newsday headquarters...

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 coming soon

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will

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OK, I admit it: I'm a zombie geek. I love zombie movies and folklore, and consider the question, "Vampires, zombies or werewolves?" to be a riveting party-conversation starter, as well as a testament to someone's character. As you know, I'm also somewhat of a plant geek.  So it shouldn't be a surprise that I'm super-excited that a sequel to the video game Plants vs Zombies -- "Plants...

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