Here it is, almost the middle of March and the wet, cold winter has us ALL itching to plant the summer garden now that the weather is beginning to warm! Well, do your best to hold your horses. as we are still 4 plus weeks away from the average last day of frost!! This means that if warm season veggies are planted now and we get a very cold night, the plants will be damaged if not killed. Also, early season tomatoes are at higher risk of insect and disease damage long before they set their first fruit. Now, if we have an oddly warm and dry spring then your gamble may pay off.
As for me, I am dying to get things planted as well but I am not. I NEVER plant my tomatoes in the ground before the beginning of March (and this year I haven’t planted any yet!) is this is only done with protection like a Wall of Water or in a greenhouse. Yet I still plant the majority of my tomatoes in early to mid April. I currently have tomato starts in my greenhouse but that is it.
If you want to research and plan your summer garden, particularly tomato varieties, here are the varieties we are expecting from Fredriks Nursery, our local bedder supplier. These will all be the varieties of tomatoes that you could special order or watch for them to arrive in the nursery! Want to learn more about growing Tomatoes? We will have a Growing Tomatoes seminar at The Greenery coming on April 6th. For more information or to reserve your seat click here.
I’d love to hear from you what will you do? Gamble on early season or will you plant?