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QUESTION: Where can I purchase seeds for giant vegetables, e.g. pumpkin, tomatoes, carrots?

I live in tropical Malaysia, so I may have to source via mail order.

ANSWER: Hi,

I do not know any specific seed company that sells seeds for growing giant vegetables.  I did a google search on vegetable seeds for giant vegetables and got some info.  Ebay was one source as well as some other sites that were interesting.  I suggest you check these out.

Sorry I could not be of more specific help.  Good luck in your search.

Happy Gardening
Catherine Abbott
www.your-vegetable-gardening-helper.com

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QUESTION: I forgot to ask you yesterday another related question.
My tomato plants seem to grow quite well and in fact fruiting. My concern now is that the leaves look awful. They look as if they are dehydrated but when I inspected them closely they are not. They feel fresh when I touched them but they look wither, shrunk and folded. I could send you some photos but I dont have your e-mail address. Could it be caused by over use of fertilzer? or could it be due excessive sunshine. or could it relay be a disease?

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tomatoes in tunnel
tomatoes in tunnel  

cherry tomato
cherry tomato  
Hi Yahaya

What is happening is the leaves are shriveling up, which is perfectly normal as all the plant energy to going to produce the fruit.  You can break off all the lower leaves even if they are still green, this way the fruit will get more energy to produce even more.  Without the lower leaves there is more air circulation around the plant which helps to prevent fungus and disease as well.  

I routinely break all all the lower larger leaves as my plant grows taller.  I have attached a couple pictures for you.

Happy gardening,
Catherine Abbott
www.your-vegetable-gardening-helper.com

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I am confident I can answer any questions about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables and culinary herbs. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in garden site planning and design, propagating, soil preparation, transplanting, pest control, disease management, watering, fertilizing, and composting.

Experience

I have been growing vegetables organically since 1993 first in my small backyard, then moving to a 2 acre plot where I grew vegetables for sale at our local farmers market and through a CSA (community shared agriculture). I started a popular website http://www.your-vegetable-gardening-helper.com in 2007 and have answered questions from all over the world through that site. I have 3 published Everything series books on gardening as well as several self published books for sale on my website.

Organizations
I volunteer and assist teaching disabled adults how to grow their own vegetable gardens. I have set up raised bed gardens in the front yards of their group homes and the gardens help to feed the households. I am very involved in our local farming community and am the treasurer and a garden mentor for a local society called One Straw, which promotes organic and sustainable practices for growing local food. I am a board of director for a government committee that is involved in keeping our ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) safe.

Publications
I have 3 published Everything series books: The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book published in 2010. The Everything Root Cellaring Book published in 2011. The Everything Small Space Gardening Book set to be published Jan 2012. I have 3 self published garden design books: Vegetable Garden Plans for your Raised Beds. Vegetable Garden Plans for Square Foot Gardening. Vegetable Garden Plans for Row Gardening. I have a self published book on soil building: Why is Soil so Important? Tips on Amending and Fertilizing I also publish a yearly journal promoting garden planning and planting by the moon cycles. The current one is called "My 2012 Vegetable Garden Journal" I write articles that are published at EzineArticles.

Education/Credentials
I teach gardening classes on propagating, pest and disease management, and soil fertility at our local community center. My education came from my mother, mentors, and growing my own gardens.

Past/Present Clients
I write a monthly newsletter for my gardening website and send it to a email list of over 1200 gardeners. I write articles for EzineArticles. I have had numerous local clients through gardening classes and mentoring.

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