Here it is, the late February and thanks to the cold winter we had we are ALL itching to plant the summer garden! Well, do your best to hold your horses. as we are still 6-8 weeks away from the 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 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 with more seeds going in now, but that is it.

Want to learn more about growing Tomatoes? Watch last year’s virtual Tomato Seminar here or watch for new seminars on our calendar here.

I’d love to hear from you what will you do? Gamble on early season or will you plant? Leave your feedback in the comments!

-Adria

March 2, 2017

Wow, I didn’t know there was this much that went into growing the best tomatoes. There was a lot of good information in this article for how short it was. Good luck with the planting in the beginning of March and thanks again for the article.

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