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Question: Does this Good N' Early tomato yeild all summer?

Do bush beans produce all summer? Can they grow on the ground?

Do spacemaster cucumbers produce all summer? Can they grow on the ground?

Answer: I'm not familiar with 'Good N'Early' tomato, but generally tomatoes produce all season long. The difference in harveset times between "determinate" (vines that stop growing after they reach a certain point) and "indeterminate" (vines that grow and grow and grow) is that determinate tomatoes tend to ripen in a shorter period time, and indeterminate tomatoes ripen over a longer period of time. But all tomatoes should keep blooming and producing fruit as long as the days are long and warm enough - all summer, in other words, so long as they are well cared for.

Bush beans will produce all summer, but you're better off planting two or more crops, a few weeks apart, for the best quality beans. Cukes, too, produce well all summer. The key to keeping fruiting plants yielding fruit is to pick fruit often, and when its at its peak ripeness. Don't let fruit get too old on the vine, or the plants will not bloom and fruit as readily. You don't need to trellis or cage either bush beans or bush cukes.

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