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[Tomato Dirt #288] When should you plant fall tomatoes?
July 27, 2023

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 13, Number 16

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: When Should You Plant Fall Tomatoes?

If you plant fall tomatoes in your home garden, you can extend your growing season.

But when should you plant yours?

The timing can vary depending on your specific location and climate.

Most tomato plants produce their first fruits after 60-75 days, provided the temperatures stay above 50°F at night and below 90°F during the day while plants are growing. As a general guideline, plant fall tomatoes about 10-12 weeks (70-85 days) before the last expect frost date in your area.

That allows for the necessary tomato growing window – giving plants enough time to mature and produce fruit before the true cold sets in – with a bit of padding thrown in, just in case…

(Keep reading)

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Danger: Don't Let Your Tomatoes Get Thirsty

Yes, it’s good to be a drip when it comes to watering your garden! Tomatoes need 1-3 inches of water a week.

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More about Growing Fall Tomatoes

Should I Plant Second Season Tomatoes? How to Choose Second Season Tomato Varieties for Your Garden 3 Kinds of Tomato Varieties that Grow Best in the Fall How to Ripen Green Tomatoes and Extend Your Harvest

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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