Tomato Varieties for Short-Season Areas and Challenging Climates - Ep. 148

Just Grow Something | The "Why" Behind the "How" of Gardening

16-05-2023 • 26 mins

For many gardeners the ultimate vegetable to grow is the tomato. There really is something special about the flavor of a fully ripe tomato picked from the vine and brought straight to your plate. Unfortunately, growing tomatoes can be a challenge if you live in an area with a short season.

For those of you living in colder regions your growing season for warm-weather crops may be very, very short between frost-free days. Those in very warm climates have the opposite problem; you may need to get a quick crop in before the days turn so hot you can’t grow anything! And even if neither of these applies to you, you might be in an area that is plagued by heavy pest pressure or foliar diseases that take out your plants fairly early in the season. In any of these cases, you need a tomato plant that will produce quickly and reliably.

So, today we’re going to go over what traits you should look for in a tomato variety if you need them to produce quickly and review some varieties that not only match those traits but many that can actually perform well under cool-weather conditions, which is not the norm for most tomato varieties. If you’ve ever struggled with getting tomatoes to produce in your garden before the first frost of the season hits or before the sun tries to cook them on the vine or before the insects and diseases completely destroy your plants, this episode is for you. Let’s dig in.

Episode Resources:

Vegetable Breeding Program | College of Agricultural Sciences (

Moskvich (aka Moskovich) Tomato - Heirloom, Open-Pollinated, non-Hybrid Victory Seeds® – Victory Seed Company

Bush Early Girl Tomato – Bonnie Plants

Santiam Tomato, Santiam Tomato Seeds - Reimer Seeds

Sub Arctic Plenty, Tomato Seeds | Urban Farmer (

Heirloom Tomato Seed - Oregon Spring | Non-GMO Vegetable Gardening · True Leaf Market

Quedlinburger Fruhe Liebe Tomato, Medium-Small Tomato Seeds: Totally Tomatoes 83 Fast-Growing Short-Season Tomato Varieties for Cold Climates – Garden Betty

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