Hey Paul, J* and everyone
Mark's on the mark again with his tip on the easiest tomatoes to grow.
They literally pop up all over the place in my garden & I haven't planted tomatoes for about 7 years!
All that rot about "needing" poisonous chemicals is rot. It's what HUGE companies would LIKE us to believe. It's complete misinformation.
Understanding your own garden's micro climates, within your climate, is a key.
Permaculture Gardeners, Biodynamic gardeners & plain ole Organic gardeners prove this over and over again.
I had a DVD on the Cuban Crisis and how Australian Permaculture gardeners went to live in Cuba to help save the lives of the people there by teaching them Permaculture Principles. They taught the people how to grow food, not only in huge farmland spaces but in every tiny space people had in apartments also. With the crisis, people were starving. The citizens lost an average of 10kg in weight each over the immediate crisis time.
They went back to basics, used waste for worm farms etc etc. It worked.
J* yes tomatoes can get fungal issues on leaves.
This can be remediated by only watering the SOIL under the plant. Not spraying the hose all over the plants. Many people use drip irrigation systems to achieve this more easily.
In high humidity areas like ours it can remain an issue. AIR FLOW is important.
I would cut off lots of leaves if it's still a problem.
Drainage, leading water away from the plant so it doesn't "pool" around it is also important.
Also growing from seed is far more successful for us here.
NOT leaving them in a plastic Greenhouse reduces chances of fungal disease.
I love your idea of planting at the end of Summer. Great thinking 99 lol.
I used to plant my "Summer" veg in June! Then have lots of harvesting to do for months right up to Christmas.
If our tomatoes were exposed to any sun after Christmas, they could be cooked on the vine.
They wanted "warmth" not sun.
We can quite easily grow "annual" Basil plants for 4 years! Given mild Winters and the perfect spot in the garden & micro climate for the plants.
Zucchini can be grown right through Winter here too.
I guess I'm trying to say is "think outside the box" or seed packet as the case may be lol.