Tomatoes run on warmth; plant in late spring and early summer except in zone 10, where they are a fall and winter crop. For a head start on growing, plant starter plants instead of seeds.
When to Buy Tomatoes Summer is considered the best season to get tomatoes. Before refrigeration was common, people would say you should buy oysters only in months with an “r” in their name — that is, September through April. Shellfish spoiled quickly in the summer. With tomatoes, the opposite is true.
Tomatoes are a warm season crop that dies back when cold temperatures threaten. This usually means no home-grown tomatoes in winter, unless you have a greenhouse. You can, however, grow tomatoes indoors, but they are usually smaller and produce less prolifically than their summer cousins.
What’s in season now? Swiss Chard. Asparagus. Carrots.
Adding it is a no-brainer! Spread a 2-3” layer of organic mulch around plants, leaving 2” of room around the stem so water can reach the roots. Protect plants from heat. Hot sun can cause sunscald, leaving tomatoes with pale, leathery patches on the fruits that pucker when they should be ripening.
The average life span of a tomato plant is 6 months. A tomato plant is a perennial fruiting plant. Technically it can survive for several years. Also, tomato is highly prone to fungal attacks and diseases. This is why the average life span of a tomato plant is considered only 1 season or just 6 months.
A good tomato is firm enough to resist pressure, but not so hard that it doesn’t react to your touch. Watch out for soft spots — they’re well on their way to becoming bruises, which reduce the tomato’s shelf life.
Cherry or grape tomatoes are ideal for eating off the vine because they come in a conveniently small package. Growers understand this and have bred cherry and grape tomatoes specifically for sweetness and flavor. “Super Sweet 100” forms prolific clusters of sweet, tangy grape tomatoes.
Conventional Tomatoes You’ll Find at the Grocery Store Cherry Tomatoes. [Photograph: Shutterstock] Grape Tomatoes. [Photograph: Shutterstock] Kumato Tomatoes. [Photograph: Shutterstock] Campari Tomatoes and Tomatoes on the Vine. [Photograph: Shutterstock] Beefsteak Tomatoes. Roma Tomatoes. Sungold Tomatoes. Yellow Pear Tomato.
Depending on the variety, apples are available from late July through early November. Gala, Macoun and McIntosh ones are ready to go in September, so start stocking up now. Gala apples are sweet with a reddish-orange and yellow-striped skin.
You can grow tomatoes indoors to keep them alive all year, but indoor tomatoes tend to be smaller than outdoor plants in the summer as well as producing less of a harvest. You can move plants from outside to the indoors for the winter, but they will eventually stop producing fruit.
Because of that, and the varied locations where they are grown, the national strawberry season is said to run January through November. In the Deep South, when to harvest strawberries will usually be late April and May. In the middle part of the country, at Eckert’s, May and June are typically best.
Avocados are available year round like most agricultural commodities these days, but January through March is the best time of year for flavor. It is during this time that the fruit has developed higher oil content, resulting in that buttery flavor and texture that we all love.
Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that prevents gelatin from setting, so if you want to use it in a dish that contains gelatin, you’ll need to cook the fruit first. Peak growing season: While it’s available year -round, pineapple’s peak season runs from March through July.
These shoots flower during the next season after accumulating sufficient metabolites necessary for fruit-bud differentiation. Thus the fruits will be ready for harvest in April-May from a plant flowered during October-November. The mango fruits should be harvested at green mature stage.