Fall is the best time to grow tomatoes in North Texas, says Kim Martin of Barking Cat Farm. Set plants in mid-July and provide shade and extra water to get them through the hot summer. Small varieties—cocktail, grape, cherry—will grow successfully through the summer. Most full-size tomatoes, such as slicer and beefsteaks, will not produce fruit when nighttime temps are above 75 degrees.
Martin weighs in on the best local varieties.