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*Cold Weather Tomatoes
*Tomato Seeds for colder climates
*Early Tomatoes for shorter seasons

This can be an easy fix. With varieties now for short season tomatoes like Alaska Fancy, Glacier Tomato, Oregon spring tomatoes, no problem.

The key to enjoying red ripe and juicy tomatoes anywhere...even Alaska is to get ahead of the process. What will help you immeasurably is to go with a Heating mat, gro lights and an oscillating fan. This will accelerate growth to the point that you'll be bringing transplants to your garden or containers that are huge and ready to put out flowers.

Short Season Tomato Varieties are right here: http://www.pennystomatoes.com/shoppingcart/html/combo.htm#short_season

wheat straw
Grow lites will give you early tomatoes in Conn., Maine, Dakotas etc.
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This heating Mat warms up 6 trays of seeds about 10 to 15 degrees on the bottom of the peat pods.
wheat straw
My favorite. A 2' tall Oscillating fan with different rotating speeds. This can cover a lot of surface area to harden up your seedlings.

Actually, even Iceland has a Tomato plant producing fresh tomatoes.

Here's a few tips...

When you're getting into late summer, Take larger tomatoes getting close to ripening into your house and put in sunny windowsill to hasten ripening. Then pinch off flowers and tiny tomatoes leaving the medium tomatoes....maybe a dozen or less. All of the plants strength will go to the remaining tomatoes.

Suddenly you hear about an early frost coming?
Harvest your tomato plants and wrap your green tomatoes in a single piece of newspaper. Store them in a box in layers. This trick will speed up ripening. So as you can see, you have many options to insure red ripe tomatoes in cold weather States. If all else fails?
Cook Fried green tomatoes.
:)

Seed selection is key.
Go with varieties that are bred or developed for cooler weather. For short season tomato seeds stick with Cherry Tomatoes, Patio Tomatoes, San Marzano's, Bush Tomatoes and generally smaller to mid size tomatoes.

Early Oregon Tomato
Early Oregon Tomato likes cool weather
Glacier Tomato
With a name like Glacier Tomato it's perfect for a short season tomato
Alaska Fancy
Need a colder climate tomato? Go with the Alaska Fancy
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Nervous about a Frost? Or this poor tomato plant got pelted with hail? Try container gardening...you can move them.
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"I never met a tomato I didn't like"
Grow tomatoes in containers
Grow some of your Tomatoes in containers...you can take them to your screened porch, garage, shed, etc with an early frost warning.

Shop NOW for colder weather tomatoes at http://www.pennystomatoes.com/shoppingcart/html/combo.htm#short_season.

And get ready to enjoy a red ripe tomato this summer. Here's some average temps for your state:

Average temperature for each state during fall.
Fall Average Rank State Sep Oct Nov
°F °C °F °F °F
63.7 17.6 7 Alabama 74 63 54
26.7 -2.9 50 Alaska 43 26 11
61.3 16.3 10 Arizona 73 62 50
61.4 16.3 9 Arkansas 72 62 50
60.9 16.1 11 California 70 62 51
45.9 7.7 41 Colorado 58 47 34
51.2 10.7 28 Connecticut 62 51 41
57.4 14.1 15 Delaware 68 57 47
72.7 22.6 1 Florida 79 73 66
64.6 18.1 5 Georgia 74 64 56
71.8 22.1 2 Hawaii 73 72 70
44.8 7.1 44 Idaho 56 46 33
53.8 12.1 22 Illinois 66 54 42
53.8 12.1 22 Indiana 65 54 42
49.8 9.9 32 Iowa 63 51 36
55.4 13.0 20 Kansas 68 56 42
57.0 13.9 16 Kentucky 68 57 46
67.4 19.7 3 Louisiana 77 67 58
44.2 6.8 45 Maine 55 44 34
56.1 13.4 18 Maryland 67 56 46
50.3 10.2 30 Massachusetts 61 50 41
47.3 8.5 38 Michigan 59 48 36
43.5 6.4 46 Minnesota 57 45 28
64.2 17.9 6 Mississippi 75 64 54
56.0 13.3 19 Missouri 68 56 44
Fall Average Rank State Sep Oct Nov
°F °C °F °F °F
43.0 6.1 47 Montana 55 44 30
49.5 9.7 33 Nebraska 63 51 35
50.2 10.1 31 Nevada 62 51 38
46.3 7.9 40 New Hampshire 57 46 36
54.8 12.7 21 New Jersey 66 54 45
53.8 12.1 22 New Mexico 65 54 42
48.1 8.9 37 New York 59 48 38
60.2 15.7 13 North Carolina 70 60 51
42.0 5.6 49 North Dakota 56 44 26
52.9 11.6 27 Ohio 64 53 42
60.6 15.9 12 Oklahoma 72 61 48
48.9 9.4 35 Oregon 59 49 39
50.9 10.5 29 Pennsylvania 62 50 41
53.1 11.7 26 Rhode Island 63 53 44
63.4 17.4 8 South Carolina 73 63 54
46.4 8.0 39 South Dakota 60 48 31
58.6 14.8 14 Tennessee 70 58 48
65.5 18.6 4 Texas 76 66 55
49.1 9.5 34 Utah 62 50 36
45.7 7.6 42 Vermont 57 45 35
56.5 13.6 17 Virginia 67 56 47
48.5 9.2 36 Washington 59 49 38
53.3 11.8 25 West Virginia 64 53 43
45.7 7.6 42 Wisconsin 58 47 32
42.5 5.8 48 Wyoming 55 43 29
Planting Tray
Start your seeds plenty early. They love the Greenhouse effect of the Tray with clear plastic lid
mulching
Mulching conserves rain moisture giving them faster growth.
tomato plants
Don't forget to talk to your tomato plants....they seem to like it. :)

I'm Tomato-Ly Yours,
Penny

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