Contrary to popular opinion, long hot summers do not necessarily mean long growing periods for vegetable gardens.
Some vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and squash don’t do well when the weather is extremely hot for long periods. There are also many varieties which are resistant to common tomato diseases.
Vegetable gardeners who live in areas with long, hot summers should plant early maturing varieties of tomatoes.
In fact, starting them indoors before last frost date, and then planting them in the garden after any threat of frost, will give the gardener a little more growing time, and allow the plants to set fruit before the weather gets too warm.
Many heirloom and older variety tomatoes have longer growing seasons...Read more