Tomato and pepper planting

Tue. May. 31, 2016

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I’m so excited!  It’s time to put those peppers and tomatoes in the ground!  We had a bit of a cold stretch there and that lowered the temperature of the soil.  As we talked about a few weeks ago, soil temperature is the best barometer for planting.   The ground temp should be at least 60 degrees for tomatoes and about 70 degrees for peppers.  They like it hot!

Last year I was disappointed in my ‘Fresh Salsa’ which, in the past, was a great roma tomato.  This year I’m going to try ‘Super Sauce’.  One tomato is 2 lbs.  This tomato is about 5 inches across!  My plan is for roasting this red delicious beast.

Tomato 'Super Sauce'
Tomato ‘Super Sauce’

Last year I planted ‘Sungold’ because of all the good things I’d heard about it.  They were true, it was everyone’s favorite for popping off the vine and into your mouth.

Tomato 'Sungold' 8-16-15
Tomato ‘Sungold’ 8-16-15

Be sure to stake or cage your tomato plants.  They’ll get better air circulation, have fewer pest problems and allows the fruit to totally ripen.  If you stake them, you need a 1 inch by 1 inch stake placed a foot into the ground with 5 feet above ground.  You can use old nylons to tie the stem to the stake, you’ll need to prune the weak side stems.  You’re growing the plant up not out.  Caging is the easiest method and the one that I use.  Get them into the ground right away or before you know it, the plant has gone crazy and you’re out there trying to delicately place a cage over them.  It really doesn’t work!

Tom McKusick
Tom McKusick aka Tomato Man – He started all of these heirlooms with seed!

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This year I plan to try a couple of new pepper varieties, at least new to me.  Sweet ‘California Wonder’ and a hot pepper called ‘Fish’.

Pepper 'Fish'
Pepper ‘Fish’


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