Tomatoes at the ready for jarring tomato sauce at harvest time - we enjoyed them many ways - most notably as a tomato salad - and 2nd to none in my opinion - in a sandwich with mayo.
My Dad came up with putting plastic down and growing organically long before anyone else thought of it - although I do not use plastic anywhere on the farm - thinking that it must leach into the soil - instead I mulch with straw & grass clippings - plastic would be so much easier!
Fond memories of working with my Dad in the garden and of my mother watering every night.
In UpState NY I water in the early morning - but in Jersey - the perfect climate for tomatoes outside of Italy - it was preferable to water at night.
Why? The cooler zones hold moisture overnight due to the drop in temperature - and that can harm the plant - while warmer nights down South is perfect to absorb the water. If you were to water during the day in these warmer zones you could burn the plant.