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Post  jlandph on 12/18/2011, 3:24 pm

I just got the new Square Gardening Book, and I'm inspired to try some new things next year. One thing I could use help with is how to grow tomatoes in our hot Tennessee climate. The only way I've been able to keep them going in the heat of summer is to grow them in part shade. However, my raised beds are in full sun. Any ideas on how to provide part shade? Which varieties are best suited to the heat?

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Post  camprn on 12/18/2011, 3:37 pm

to the SFG Forum!!! So happy you could join us !!

I have never gardened in your climate, but I know a few things about tomatoes. They wont set fruit if the temps are too high, so, you could get an early start with your plants they may bloom and set fruit before it gets too hot, then, keep the plants going, until it starts to cool off a bit, the plants should put out more bloom and set another batch of fruits...
Do you know when your last frost of the spring time is, on average?

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Post  Goosegirl on 12/18/2011, 3:40 pm

@jlandph wrote:However, my raised beds are in full sun. Any ideas on how to provide part shade? Which varieties are best suited to the heat?

Here's a link to TomatoFest's Hot climate collection. It has 8 varieties that produce well in hot and/or humid climates. You might want to give a few of these varieties a try - even if you don't get them from TomatoFest.
http://store.tomatofest.com/Tropical_Hot_Humid_Tomato_Seed_Collection_p/tf-544b.htm

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Post  martha on 12/18/2011, 3:52 pm

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