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Honoring Memorial Day and the Mortgage Lifter Tomato

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to take a moment to honor and remember the fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms as Americans. This holiday weekend holds a special significance, beyond just the start of summer.

For many gardeners in the Mid-Ohio Valley, this time of year also marks the perfect opportunity to transplant tomatoes. If you’re looking for a delicious beefsteak tomato to add to your garden, consider trying the “Mortgage Lifter” variety. This popular heirloom tomato was developed right here in West Virginia by M.C. Byles, also known as “Radiator Charlie.”

Radiator Charlie, a nickname derived from his radiator repair business, spent years crossbreeding different tomato varieties to create the perfect plant. After six years of trials, he successfully developed the Mortgage Lifter tomato, named after the profits he made selling the plants to pay off his mortgage.

The Mortgage Lifter tomato is a disease-resistant beefsteak type that produces large, meaty fruits with great flavor. It’s a favorite among gardeners for its productivity and taste, making it a must-have in any backyard garden.

If you’re dealing with a different kind of plant in your backyard – poison ivy – and need help controlling it, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Poison ivy can be a nuisance, especially for those who are allergic to it. Identifying the plant correctly is crucial before attempting any control methods. Look for the telltale three-leaf pattern and avoid any contact with the plant to prevent skin irritation.

When it comes to controlling poison ivy, herbicides containing active ingredients like triclopyr or glyphosate can be effective. These herbicides should be applied during periods of rapid growth for maximum effectiveness. Be sure to follow the instructions on the herbicide label carefully to ensure safe and effective application.

As you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and start your summer gardening, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave soldiers. And if you’re looking to add some Mortgage Lifter tomatoes to your garden or need help with poison ivy control, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. Happy gardening!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. The content is based on general research and may not be accurate, reliable, or up-to-date. Before making any financial decisions, it is recommended to consult with a professional financial advisor or conduct thorough research to verify the accuracy of the information presented. The author and publisher disclaim any liability for any financial losses or damages incurred as a result of relying on the information provided in this article. Readers are encouraged to independently verify the facts and information before making any financial decisions.

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