Garden Planning: Early & Late Tomato Garden
I think this is our last garden plan for the year. (The wheelchair height garden will have Prairie Star Annual flowers in it this year, so we don’t have a specific plan for that garden.)
This is our second tomato garden, and we’re going about it a little differently.
We’re going to plant half of the garden to early spring vegetables in March. The other half will be planted to early season/cold tolerant or determinate tomatoes in late April/early May. Those tomatoes will grow through early August, when most of them will be done producing.
In mid-June, we will harvest anything remaining from the early spring vegetables and then plant 6 tomato varieties that are marketed to have good heat tolerance. By planting them 4-6 weeks later than the other tomatoes, they should be blooming vigorously just about the time we normally get the worst of our heat. This will give us a clear picture of which varieties will do the best in that heat. If we’re lucky, we should have a consistent supply of tomatoes all year. (If we’re really unlucky, we’ll have an abnormally cool summer so it won’t matter!)
After the early tomatoes are done, we’ll be replacing them with cauliflower and other fall vegetables. Hopefully the other tomatoes will produce at least through September.