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Growing Tomatoes in the Fall


I'm glad were through with all that tilling. A couple more times in the hospital and they wouldn't let me back in. But we're finished just in time because August is tomato planting time in Texas.

The most important thing is it's hot, you realize it's hot, but the plants can take the heat but what they cannot take is the drought. And now is the best time to use in a drip irrigation system. If you've been thinking about putting one in go ahead and get you a drip system, put the drip system out about 2-3 feet apart, operate for about an hour and a half, and plant in the wet spots.

Now you will already have put out about 2-3 pounds of slow release fertilizer, like 19-5-9, per100 square feet. Let the spots get wet and then get your crew to come in and plant in every other wet spot. They will be 24 inches apart and you plant them thick in the fall so you get more production fast. Especially when you're using these heat tolerant varieties that we recommend for the fall, and that's Surefire, Sunmaster, and Heatwave. Those are the main three that will definitely give you some production this year. If you need more on growing fall vegetables and annuals in Texas stop by some of your local nurseries and get this.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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