|Tomatoes have a very narrow window of opportunity in our geography - you basically have to get established plants into the ground in the month of March because they cannot tolerate extremes of cold or heat, both of which we tend to have in abundance. |
Here is a link to this planting guide PDF.
Where possible, I buy my tomato starts from Farmers Market vendors, but they often don't have as much stock or selection as my hands-down favorite vendor:
|Maas Nursery in Seabrook. This is one row of tomato hybrids and heirlooms, as it looked yesterday...|
|This is another row of tomatoes...|
|...and this is yet another row of tomatoes. The selection is unparalleled.|
volunteers that had sprouted up randomly in our yard because I compost most of my organic waste, including expired tomato plants.
|This year, there will be little if any harvest from volunteers. Most of the tomato plants I bought at Maas were the Sweet Million variety, which I chose on the advice of a couple of local Master Gardeners. |
This is one of the two oblong stock tanks into which we usually put our tomatoes. About a year ago, I wrote a post called "Landscaping around utility boxes and lines" which describes the development of this encumbered space (that's a utility box sandwiched between the tank and the concealing hedge of POH Yaupon). It has become one of this blog's most popular posts, with thousands of hits.
|In sharp stage-of-growth contrast, here is that tank's spring garden mate. I use the rocks to suppress weeds and slow evaporation. Because the stock tanks are elevated, they tend to get warmer during the day, increasing evaporation.|
|Our tomato count from the 2012 growing season. Yes, I was nerdy enough to jot down each day's harvest.|