Gardeners plot out season with no certainty in forecast

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:00 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — There’s no question that Eric Ciula picked a bad year to get into a competition for growing the biggest tomato. The worst U.S. drought in decades was gripping two-thirds of the nation, and many gardeners were spending hours watering just to keep their plants alive.

But Ciula won his family’s 2012 contest with an heirloom tomato that was just shy of 2 pounds. He credits his soil preparation and some experimental growing techniques, but he admits it was largely “dumb luck.”

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