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Eric Ciula shows his wife Joni with their two children, Montgomery and Maximus, with tomato plants in the garden at their home in Cottage Grove, Wis., in August 2012. Ciula picked a bad year to get into the family's contest for growing the biggest tomato, but won the competition with a few unorthodox growing techniques - and admits it was largely dumb luck. April is a planning month for gardeners throughout the middle of the country, and many are trying to decide what to do amid rapidly shifting weather conditions. (AP Photo/Courtesy Eric Ciula)