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Planting Mid-Summer Tomatoes

Too late to plant tomatoes? Not in Georgia's warm climate.
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Audio version of this story here.

  This time of year, many of us are harvesting from the plants we sowed back in April and May. It’s actually not too late, however, to do a little planting.

We return to a visit we paid last year, to the house of horticulturist Geri Laufer. Geri showed us her method for sowing a mid-season tomato plant that’s already grown tall and leggy in its starter-pot.

With Atlanta’s lengthy growing season, she says there’s no reason we can’t enjoy our tomato sandwiches all the way through fall.

Broadcast version of story that aired July 24, 2013

A Few Tomato Tips from Geri:

  • Choose the right location: 6+ hours of sun
  • Rotate crops; don’t follow tomatoes with more tomatoes in the same exact spot every year.
  • Improve the soil with compost.
  • Add lime (calcium) to prevent catfacing, or scarring, in your tomatoes.
  • Plant deep or plant sideways: Cover stem with soil and roots will appear all along the buried stem.
  • Water thoroughly, with deep, slow watering, and provide deep moisture evenly during the summer.