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Save the Tomatoes? – A question came into Ask Gardenerd this week from Jeff: “I've planted a winter garden in the same plot where tomatoes grew last summer. Recently a few tomato plants have sprung up. I live in West LA about 4 miles from the ocean. If I nurture them, will they produce fruit or should I just remove them?” Well, Jeff, you can certainly try, but we find that those tomatoes peter out right around Christmas time, just when you’ve invested enough energy and hope in them to be depressed about losing them. Let me save you the time. If you leave them in the garden, they’ll most likely die. Tomatoes need temperatures above 70 degrees to set fruit. Plants that just sit there in cool weather lose vigor. So I suggest pulling them and starting in spring with fresh plants. All that said, if you’re really experimental, transplant them to an out-of-the-way spot that is protected from wind and cold and see what happens. Every microclimate is different. Maybe yours will work. Here’s a blog post about what to do with tomatoes in February, if you make it that far.