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.
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