AZ Gardener wrote:Thank you for the information. I have never tried to keep the plants going through the winter months and have not done a lot of reserch on this. Both my neighbor and I have tomato plants and are trying this for the first time. Can either of you recomend any good books?
A good general book for gardening in the western states and provinces is Sunset's Western Garden Book
. Sunset's climate-zone system tailors growing seasons to the actual climatic conditions you experience where you live: wind, summer and winter temps, rain, snow, hours of sunlight (latitude), etc. The USDA Hardiness Zone system *only* considers whether plants will survive the winter. Period. Sunset lets you know which plants will thrive
for you, and when to grow them during the year.
Learn all you can about your Sunset climate zone and work with it to reduce frustration in the garden. Many hot-climate gardeners learn that, for them, the summer isn't the best time to grow tomatoes; other months of the year are. You may be in that situation, but you may not. Your Sunset climate zone will tell the tale.
There's a 75-page or so section in the back of the Western Garden Book
entitled "A Practical Guide to Gardening" written for new gardeners. With many photographs and illustrations, basic (and some more advanced!) techniques are shown and explained so that someone who has never even seen a given procedure carried out has a very good shot at doing it not only successfully, but doing it well
The Western Garden Book
is widely available at gardening centers, nurseries, hardware stores with gardening supplies, bookstores, and even public libraries. The on-line maps are *not* as accurate as the ones in the book, so definitely find your climate zone in the book if at all possible.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9