Does Cold Weather Affect Tomatoes (Not Freezing Cold)
I read a while back that when the weather gets cold, but is above freezing, it can slow tomatoes down and they won't produce nearly as well as they would if they were grown in warmth. If this is true, this may be why I haven't had good tomato production the last few years - our cold weather comes a few days at a time, and tomatoes are always available before it's really warm.
We have already started planting for the spring here in Houston, and I have several tomatoes in the ground, and I'm covering those at night. I have some still in pots and I'm bringing those into the garage at night. Same with peppers, those are coming in at night, too. A bed is ready for them, but I hesitate to plant them since it's been in the 40's at night recently, and is still in the 40's today, though it's after 11 am.