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Home Gardening Boot Camp
Date: June 6, 2015
1. Choose varieties that mature in 70 days or fewer. Good choices include 'Early Girl,’ 'Stupice,’ 'Sungold.’
2. Cool nights reduce fruit set. Choose tall (indeterminate) plants with small to medium fruit. These have more flowers.
3. Plant in your sunniest, least windy location.
4. Soil is colder the deeper you go, so plant tomato seedlings less deep but sideways.
5. If late blight (blackened stems and leaves, brown shoulders on fruit) has damaged your plants, choose resistant varieties such as 'Juliet’ or 'Golden Sweet.
Excerpted from Pam Pierce
SF Chronicle, April 3, 2015