Readers vie for the title in the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

Diego (Dick) Rio of Lake Ronkonkoma says his

Diego (Dick) Rio of Lake Ronkonkoma says his strategy is simple: "I start by tilling the soil with a blend of organic fertilizer and lime. After planting, I only water at the base of the plant, never using a sprinkler." (Credit: Handout)

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Are you in?

I've been asking that question for a few weeks now to encourage entries for my Eighth Annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, which is happening tonight. As the final weigh-in approaches, contenders share some of their growing tips and (hopefully) winning strategies. Last year's winner weighed in at 3-pounds, 5-ounces.


This year's Tomato Challenge is Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville). Bring your biggest, heaviest tomato and you might be crowned the next king or queen!

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