Late Fall Tomatoes in Zone 5
I posted this over on the Market Farming page, but I thought I would share it here with all the tomato lovers.
I decided early on this year that I was going to have tomatoes as long as possible. My tomatoes have great flavor and it seems that I can keep a strong demand all season. To me they taste like my tomatoes. I guess when you don't try anyone else's tomatoes, it is really hard to compare.
I started seeds in late May/early June for this late project. I wanted to start them sooner, but I had to order the seeds.
I was aiming for planting them around July 4th. I had problems with germination and the heat was so bad, I didn't get them out until July 17th.
So here we sit, 60 days out. How are they doing? I think they are doing great. I haven't picked any, yet, but that day is coming. When it does, I hope people appreciate all the work it has taken to get them here.
Also these are in one of my movable tunnels. I added a third growing spot to them this year. So now each 512 square foot building will cover 2,048 feet in one year. I also have carrots growing outside. Once these tomatoes freeze, I will move the building over the carrots to protect them for the winter.
The carrots came up spotty. I wish they had germinated better, but when you are planting them and it is 95-105, what can you expect.
Outside picture of hoop building:
View of inside:
Florida 91's (majority)
Taxi (yellow, just a few)
Cherokee Purple (Just one row)
I am hoping I will get to pick them by the end of the month. I know I can keep them going until Thanksgiving, with minimal heat.