Home gardeners who want to add more tomato plants to their garden, may want to consider growing transplants from suckers. Suckers are side shoots that grow between the stem and the branch of tomato plants. Rooting from suckers is an excellent option, as many garden centers don’t carry tomato transplants this time of year and growing from seeds would take too long. A late crop of tomatoes set between now and the end of July should start producing about the time tomato plants set early in the season become unproductive. With all the rain we’ve had this year, disease may cause many tomato plants to become unproductive before the end of August. To root tomato suckers, select healthy tomato suckers that are three to four inches long. Place several suckers in a jar and add sufficient water to cover the ends one to two inches. The use of a rooting hormone is not necessary but would probably hasten the process. Set the suckers in a cool, well-lit spot until new roots develop. Set rooted plants in the garden and immediately provide shade to each plant for a few days until suckers start to grow. Gardeners can use a few small leafy shrub branches to create the right amount of shade. This late in the season fertility is more important than ever. If you do not have a soil test from this winter, take a soil sample to your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office now. This will allow you to get the results back before the suckers are ready to transplant. Water soluble fertilizers, like Miracle Grow or Peters, are good for getting transplants off to a fast start but should not be expected to take the place of soil test recommendations. For more on growing home garden tomatoes, see the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/.
PRIME Minister Moses V. Nagamootoo was yesterday (August 11, 2016) presented with an autographed bat, by the Guyana Amazon Warriors manager Omar Khan. The bat bore the signatures of all the Guyana Amazon Warriors cricketers who featured in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016.Khan said it is customary for the team to present senior government officials with special autographed bats as a means of saying ‘thank you’ for the support given to the Amazon Warriors.Upon receiving the memorabilia, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said he was very happy with the team and despite not winning the team gave Guyanese fans lots to be proud of.The Warriors played four matches at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence in early July with sold-out crowds showing their support for the home team.The Amazon Warriors finished the league stage at the top of the points table with seven victories in 10 matches. The consistent team then progressed to their third final in four years with a four-wicket victory over the number two team on the points table, Jamaica Tallawahs.The Warriors failed to lift their maiden title giving the Tallawahs their second title and becoming the first team to win the championship more than once.