Days to Harvest: 100 to 150 days from seed; 70 to 85 from transplants

Light: Sunny.

Temperature: Warm season, 70° to 85° F

Companions: Beans, peppers, marigolds, tarragon, mints

Preparation: Plants should be grown indoors 8 to 9 weeks before setting out.

Planting:  Transplant after danger of frost.

Spacing: 18 to 24 inches between plants, 3 feet between rows.

Water: 1 inch a week so they don't dry out.

Harvest: Pick fruit when immature, about 2/3 maximum size when skin is glossy.

Tips: When plants are 6 inches high, nip back growing tip to encourage branching. Mature fruit should not be left on plant or overall productivity will be reduced.