Dear Neil: What can I do to stop my tomatoes from cracking around their stems? O.L., Waco.
That happens in hot weather of June into July. You can try harvesting them just a little prematurely and letting them ripen the rest of the way indoors. This rarely happens with fall tomatoes that are produced in cooler weather. This is the reason I strongly recommend making a second fall planting of tomato transplants by the first week of July. The new plants will establish quickly and grow well from summer into the fall.