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Advice request!

Posted by sandrainspain Andalucia (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 5, 13 at 4:18

I live in Cadiz province in Andalucia, one of the hottest regions of the country. Winter frost is vey rare for me. Lowest winter temp I've ever recorded is 3.0C. Winter is wet season. Summer shade temps regularly hit 38C plus, outside temps often close to 50C for two or even three months. Rain in summer non-existent, last rain usually late April, first of the autumn late September. Occasionally a huge storm in May or June. I'd welcome any advice as to suitable tomato varieties for that sort of climate, plus growing advice! I am planning for next season an above ground constructed bed with decent soil with drip irrigation, plus trying out some growing in large containers. Many thanks!

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RE: Advice request!

I am in a different climate, SandraInSpain, and I hope you get some ideas from our Texas/Arizona gardeners. My climate is very much like the mountaneous north of yours (like in Burgos :o).

My grandmother was from Texas and raised a family in Oklahoma and New Mexico. She grew and liked Porter tomatoes. There are other, much more modern, varieties that I have not grown but Porter takes our arid, sunny summers here very well.

Thessaloniki is another heirloom tomato that I grow. As you can tell by the name, it was originally from Greece. It does just fine.

Growing advice? Keep the soil moist. Maybe afternoon shade would help.


RE: Advice request!

Perhaps you can do two planting : One very early spring, as early as possible(say late March ). This way you will needs real nice size seedling (nursery grown or your own indoor grown). You should start picking ripe tomatoes around mid June(depends on variety). Then start another planting, like in late June-early july to bear fruits late summer and early fall.
That is how some gardeners do in Florida(USA). When the summer highs hit 38C(100F) most tomato plants either slow down quite a bit or even shut down production.

And I think DETERMINAT varieties are better for you.

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