|I am from Illinois where the tomatoes where wonderfull I have tried growning them out here in Surprise,AZ and the skins are very thick; is there a way to grow them like back home? location in backyard,soil,sun conditions, etc.|
|Because of the hot summer weather, tomatoes are typically planted in February or March for harvest before the weather heats up, or planted in September for harvest before the end of December. If you try to grow them at the traditional time for tomatoes in Illinois, you'll end up with thick skinned, less than juicy tomatoes. Here's a publication from ASU detailing when to plant which vegetables. I hope you find it helpful when planning your garden: http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/g...
Hope you have a great garden!