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 (and other veggies) are at higher risk of insect and disease damage long before they set their first fruit. Now, if the weather suddenly changes to warm and dry, 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. I have found after over 25 years of growing veggies at home, the first tomatoes don’t come any earlier than the weather allows.
Due to the wet, cool weather we continue to have, the risk of disease is very high. Read more about diseases and best practices to avoid them, 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!