Mid- to late June and July is the perfect time to plant another lineup of tomato plants.
When choosing your second round of plants, look for seedlings that are sturdy and a vibrant green, stand 3 to 6 inches tall
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
Let the young plants sit outside for a couple days. Transplanting can be traumatic to plants
Keep plants supported with cages or trellises
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.
Don't just stop at planting Marigolds with your tomatoes. For further protection from pest bugs, you can also plant basil, beans, bee balm,
Once the fruit starts “breaking” — turning color from green to streaks of yellow, orange or red, it won’t get much sweeter
Let your tomatoes ripen on your kitchen counter. Just don’t put them in the fridge, Pittenger says: “That will kill their flavor.”