assorted-color tomatoes on brown wooden surfaceHere it is, almost mid-February, and thanks to the sunny, warm afternoons, we are ALL itching to plant the summer garden. Well, do your best to hold your horses, as we are still 8-10 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, 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 if 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.

Want to learn more about growing Tomatoes? Watch last year’s virtual Tomato Seminar here.

I’d love to hear from you what will you do? Gamble on the 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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