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Summer Crops: How to Grow Tomatoes

By May 30, 2015No Comments

Plant tomato seedlings in spring for one of the best tastes of summer, fresh from your backyard

There’s no contest: Homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked, taste best. Given that, including them in a summer vegetable garden is a no-brainer. The next question is, which one to grow? There are tomatoes for every region, from Alaska with its short summers to the cool Pacific Northwest to the hot and humid South.But there are other considerations besides climate. Do you want giant beefsteak tomatoes, salad tomatoes, tiny cherry tomatoes or paste or sauce tomatoes? Are you committed to “traditional” dark red fruits, or are you intrigued by tomatoes that are rosy pink, yellow, orange, green, striped or so dark a purple they look black? Do you want to return to your roots with heirloom varieties, plant one of the newer hybrids or mix and match? Finally, do you want a single harvest or one that lasts from summer until frost kills the plants?You can even decide if you want a neat and tidy, though less prolific, producer, called a determinate variety, or one of the more sprawling, larger indeterminate (vining) types. Determinate varieties generally reach only about 3 feet, need minimal support and produce a crop all at once. Indeterminate varieties can spread to 16 feet and do best with support; they produce a crop over a long season. Semideterminate varieties have characteristics of both types.More guides to growing your own vegetables


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