Are you still discussing whether to grow these still-bearing tomato seedlings? This warm and prolonged weather keeps many green and growing plants, always attractive and bearing fruits and flowers – but not so abundant – in the garden. The debate is still whether these plants even more powerful to take advantage of the transition to fresh food and ornamental plants. You have a few options, depending on your garden furniture and your meal and view preferences.
Let the plants wear during the winter
If your garden doesn’t freeze, you might have a few of these tomatoes and maybe pumpkins, cucumbers and beans that will bear fruit until spring and beyond.
Although the amount you get is quite rare and the taste is hardly better than what you would buy on the market, only the idea of continuing to have your own home-made summer products that spend the winter is reassuring for any gardener, but especially for beginning gardeners – a real sense of success in overcoming the seasons!
If this is your goal, leave the plants in place, cut off the dead growth, cut the tomatoes on the new shoots, and continue feeding and watering so that the plants continue to bear flowers and fruits.
Switch to the winter season of plants
If your garden has more space or you prefer to grow completely and enjoy edible plants that really thrive IN COOL WEATHER – like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, leeks, onions, radishes, spinach, beets and ornamentals – like Calendula, chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, holly, larks, Poppies, Snapdragons, peas and wildflowers.
When you make this change, pull out worn plants, change the soil with compost and manure (and coffee grounds if you have any) and plant new seedlings and seeds.
I prefer to grow plants in their favorite seasons when they thrive rather than trying to grow plants that are not so good because they struggle to survive in an unwelcoming environment.
But it’s always fun when you have the garden to “play” with some plants that interest you, just to see what will happen. Thus, you will learn about the microclimate in your own garden and what you can do to prolong the seasons.
For example, when I first started gardening, I grew corn, melons and winter squash just to see how they grew and produced, but that didn’t bother me afterwards, because I could buy much better at farmers markets and not have to “waste” my own garden space to grow some things that didn’t work very well. Then I had the experience of knowing these plants and I was able to focus on growing the ones that we liked the most and produced the most for the amount of effort I made in my garden.