It's that time of year when tomato plants are producing a bumper crop in farm fields and backyard gardens.
One place where that is evident is at the home of Eldon Glenn, 74, of Modesto.
He planted his Early Girl variety in May, tending the plant as it grew to almost 10 feet in height and 5 feet in width.
It's been a source of tomatoes not only for Glenn, but also his neighbors and friends.
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The secret to his success, he says, is properly preparing the soil before planting.
He should know how.
He's a retired USDA Soil Conservation Service employee.