1. PLANT A SECOND CROP

Mid- to late June and July is the perfect time to plant another lineup of tomato plants.

2. CHOOSE WISELY

When choosing your second round of plants, look for seedlings that are sturdy and a vibrant green, stand 3 to 6 inches tall

3. PEEK UNDERNEATH

Bigger plants may feel like you’re getting a head start,especially if their roots are pushing against the edges of the pot or creeping out the bottom

4. DON’T RUSH TO PLANT

Let the young plants sit outside for a couple days. Transplanting can be traumatic to plants

5. CONSIDER SUPPORT

Keep plants supported with cages or trellises

6. WATER WITH PRECISION

Water the plants deeply at the roots when the soil is dry; this can mean daily if the tomatoes are in pots or if it’s very hot.

7. FIGHT PESTS NATURALLY

Don't just stop at planting Marigolds with your tomatoes. For further protection from pest bugs, you can also plant basil, beans, bee balm, 

9. PICK WITH CARE

Once the fruit starts “breaking” — turning color from green to streaks of yellow, orange or red, it won’t get much sweeter

10. WHATEVER YOU DO ...

Let your tomatoes ripen on your kitchen counter. Just don’t put them in the fridge, Pittenger says: “That will kill their flavor.”