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Master Gardener Tips July 5, 2023

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By Elaine Pile Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

To stem or not to stem, that is the question! Tomatoes should be exhibited at the fair without stems and should be displayed blossom end up. Vine crops such as squash, pumpkin and watermelon should have stems left on and trimmed to the length recommended in the fair book and 4-H publication. Kale and chard should be exhibited with stems in a jar of cold water, as well as herbs like basil, oregano, parsley and thyme. To stem or not depends on the crop!!