MONTICELLO, Ill. –  We have all been there, wanting to make fresh salsa, a BLT, or simply having a juicy red tomato to slice for burgers. You head to the store and the selection or quality is not near what you hoped. You settle for what is available and the flavor suffers. Settle no more. The information needed to grow high quality produce right outside your door is here.

Growing Great Tomatoes presented by Piatt County Master Gardeners will be from noon to 1 p.m. on July 21 at Kirby Medical Center Community Room, 1000 Medical Center Dr., Monticello, Ill. This free event will cover growing tips, common diseases, pests, and management techniques for tomatoes. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the tomatoes growing in the Monticello Area Community Garden, located adjacent to Kirby Medical Center.

Register by July 20 at go.illinois.edu/dmpevents. For more information, please contact Beth Miglin, Extension horticulture coordinator, at bmiglin@illinois.edu or call 217-762-2191.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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