Winter for the Tomato Grower, Part 2: Planning and Creating the Foundation for Success

| 12/14/2015 8:52:00 AM

Tags: tomatoes, heirloom gardening, garden planning, North Carolina, Craig LeHoullier,

I don't know about you, but my wife, Susan, and I are really missing fresh tomatoes right about now. Today (December 12) in Raleigh, N.C., it is approaching 70 degrees. There are still tomato plants growing in our driveway, happily thriving in 5-gallon grow bags.

December Driveway Tomatoes!

The forecast tells me that the end is very near, but it has been really exciting to still see my favorite crop occupying the nice, sunny spot near our back door. Fall/early winter tomato growing has its own issues, as I am discovering, but that is a topic for a future blog.

About those questions that I posed last month...I wanted to add a bit of rationale to the first half dozen. (The other six questions take things at a more detailed level, but not all gardeners will feel the need to get to such a level of detail). This will hopefully clarify the connection between the questions, good garden planning and increasing the chance for the garden meeting needs and expectations. The time is now - because I am sure that our mailboxes are starting to fill up with seed catalogs!

The catalogs arrive!

Let’s look back some of the questions that I posed in Part 1.

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