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Tomato contestant: John G. Aicher of Southold

Reader John G. Aicher of Southold grew Burpee

Reader John G. Aicher of Southold grew Burpee Big Boy tomatoes from seed. Photo Credit: Handout

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 (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville.)

Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest ripe fruit to the event. I’ll weigh your tomatoes personally and crown the 2013 Tomato King or Queen.

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