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What's not to love about an heirloom tomato? These often oddly shaped and colored veggies have taken farmers' markets by storm in the last decade or so, due to their intense, varied flavors. And now local salad lovers have an opportunity to browse and buy seedlings--some of which will bear fruit in as little as two months--at Tomatomania!

Running tomorrow and Saturday, the "world's largest heirloom seedling sale" takes place at Westwood's Grow Native Nursery. In addition to more than 300 heirloom and hybrid varieties for sale, there will be classes, tastings, as well as nurseries selling soil, fertilizer, pots, stakes--everything to get your garden growing.

The event has something for both the experienced home gardener and neophytes who don't know how much sun (six hours a day), water (plenty) or amendment (aka lots of organic matter) plants need. Don't have time for a workshop? There's a new iPhone app ($3.99) with pointers from garden designer and Tomatomania! organizer Scott Daigre.

Even better: Buying locally means you're helping to prevent botanical diseases like the one recently spread through big-box stores. That does it--we're going to think globally and plant locally.

Grow Native Nursery, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Davis and Constitution Aves.; 424-234-0481 or

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