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Time for tomato planning

February 7, 2009 | 10:05 am

TomatoA generation ago, planting tomatoes was pretty straightforward for backyard gardeners. No longer. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from.

If you live in the San Fernando Valley, the botanical garden at Cal State Northridge has organized some help. Scott Daigre, owner of Powerplant Garden Design and Tomatomania, is teaching a class that includes strategy for tomato planting and how to select the varieties of tomato that are best suited for the San Fernando Valley. He will also share his thoughts on his favorite varieties.

Registration begins today for the March 7 class. The class is free, but registration is required by e-mail. Driving and parking instructions will be sent upon confirmation.

The Cal State Northridge Botanic Garden serves as a field site for botany, entomology, photography, painting and other classes.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times