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Gardening Minute video: How to plant tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes on sale at Garden of Eve's

Fresh tomatoes on sale at Garden of Eve's on-site market in Riverhead. (April 9, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Nick Statt

This week, let's look at the best way to plant tomatoes to ensure you grow healthy plants and reap the biggest harvests. And after you've grown your whopper, be sure to join the 2011 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at Newsday headquarters in Melville (235 Pinelawn Road). All you have to do is show up with your biggest tomato. I'll weigh each entry personally and you might be crowned Tomato King or Queen.

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