Tomatoes are thought of as a summer crop, and rightly so, but in my fall garden, I have a few tomato plants that are still going strong. I encourage you to leave a few tomato plants in the ground when you transition to a fall garden because they just might surprise you.
Fall is a wonderful time of year to garden. It’s an easy-going season for many plants that can tolerate shorter days and cooler temperatures. Heat stress and pest and disease pressures have passed, so even plants that were struggling to hang on may rebound.
Among the brassicas and lettuces that I planted for my fall garden, I have a tall, healthy, productive “Mexico Midget” variety tomato plant that has never looked better. This variety is named for its little red fruits that are only the size of a large pea. Despite their size, the tomatoes pack a powerful punch — a taste just like a full-size heirloom tomato. To be able to enjoy that flavor right next to your cool-season crops is totally worth the space the tomato plant occupies.
Which of your summer crops go strong well into fall? Let us know in the comments below.
Links & Resources
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Episode 003: Growing Epic Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 004: Heirloom Tomatoes: Past, Present and Future with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 005: What’s Wrong With My Tomato? Mid-Season Care with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 047: Tomato Seedling Mistakes with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 056: Tomato Care Checklist with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 064: Tomato Growing Season Lookback: Lessons Learned with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 066: Tomatoland: The Dirty Truth of the Tasteless Tomato, with Barry Estabrook
Episode 094: How to Start and Care for Seedlings Indoors: My Steps for Success
Episode 095: Tomato Seed Starting Update: Innovations and Inspiration, with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 115: Understanding Tomato Diseases and How to Deal with Them
Episode 146: Catching Up With Epic Tomatoes Author Craig LeHoullier: Big Changes and New Opportunities
Episode 173: Starting a New Tomato Garden: Lessons Learned, with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 208: Growing Epic Tomatoes: Our Just-Released Online Course Preview, with Craig LeHoullier
Episode 216: Tomato Disease Prevention & Control: Tried and True and What’s New
Episode 266: How Heat Affects Tomato Plants and How to Protect Them, with Craig LeHoullier
joegardener Tomato Care Checklist free resource
joegardener blog: Busted – Top Five Tomato Growing Myths
joegardener blog: How Do I Grow Tomatoes?
joegardenerTV YouTube: How to Top Tomatoes – What to Do When Tomato Plants Get Too Tall
joegardenerTV YouTube: Sunscald – What Happens When Tomatoes Are Overexposed
joegardenerTV YouTube: How to Save Tomato Seeds
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joegardener Online Gardening Academy Beginning Gardener Fundamentals: Essential principles to know to create a thriving garden.
joegardener Online Gardening Academy Growing Epic Tomatoes: Learn how to grow epic tomatoes with Joe Lamp’l and Craig LeHoullier.
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