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Jack Herzog of Ste. Genevieve County stopped by the Farmington Press office on Monday with what he was sure to be a “blue-ribbon” yield from his garden.

Herzog brought in three potatoes – each separately weighing in at 2 pounds,  1.75 pounds and 1.5 pounds – plus a tomato weighing 1.78 pounds.

“I planted 20 pounds of potatoes and harvested 350 pounds total,” he said. “We had seven totes full of potatoes weighing 50 pounds each.”

As for the tomatoes, Herzog said they put out 38 plants in the 60-by-60 garden – harvesting many, but none as large as the one he brought in the office.

Herzog said the family also picked eight full buckets of corn over the weekend.

Everything gathered from the garden goes to family – with his wife and daughter busy canning what was gathered.

His secret for gardening? Using lime, fertilizers and “the right amount of rain.”

This is not the first time Herzog has been featured for his harvest. Years ago, he said, he and his daughter brought some amazing sunflowers to the Farmington Press office for a photograph.

He said he later had that article framed and presented to his daughter for a birthday gift.

Here’s to another frame-worthy crop!

Jack Herzog shows some of the produce he's gathered from his garden - with this group coming in at larger-than-normal sizes. 

Jack Herzog shows some of the produce he’s gathered from his garden – with this group coming in at larger-than-normal sizes. 

The tomato weighs 1.78 pounds, with the three potatoes coming in at 2 pounds, 1.75 pounds and 1.5 pounds. Jack Herzog of Ste. Genevieve County said this is the largest sample of items from his garden this summer.

The tomato weighs 1.78 pounds, with the three potatoes coming in at 2 pounds, 1.75 pounds and 1.5 pounds. Jack Herzog of Ste. Genevieve County said this is the largest sample of items from his garden this summer.

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