Are Tomatoes a fruit or vegetable

Tomatoes are the most commonly grown vegetable (or fruit) in the home garden. Whether to consider the tomato to be a vegetable or a fruit depends on who you ask.

Q: In last week’s gardening column, you had a photo of a tree branch stub that was rotting. The trunk of my oak has rotted out near the base of the tree. Can such an extensive trunk rot really be the result of a small branch that rotted out several feet above the ground?

A: Yes, a rotting tree stub (from an improperly pruned tree branch) certainly can cause extensive rotting in the interior of a tree’s trunk. Stub cutting occurs when branches are pruned too far from the stem, leaving a short branch stub.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at

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Gary Miller

Vegitables with blooms requiring pollination to produce fruit.

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