Nighttime temperatures in coastal south Louisiana aren’t falling below 72 degrees now….so tomato production is beginning to slow down. Standard varieties popular for spring planting (Celebrity, Beefmaster, Better Boy) often won’t set fruit when the nights stay warm, so it’s time to put in a crop of heat-tolerant tomatoes. I went out in search of Florida, Heat Wave, or Solar Set varieties, but all I found was Solar Fire. I planted four Solar Fire tomatoes this past weekend, just after a hard rain…I hope to find additional hot-weather varieties soon.
Meanwhile, I’m picking the first of the purple hull peas….and my “Mammoth” sunflowers are about 8 feet tall, serving nicely as beanpoles.