While checking out at the grocery store, I overheard the cashier saying how he had just planted his tomato plants that he bought at Home Depot. I wanted to lean in and tell him it was too early to plant, but my advice would have been too late. Then I arrived home and noticed that my own tomatoes under the grow light look like they should in late May. Apparently the grow light works! I had to wonder if I could break the rules and be like the cashier, recklessly putting them in the ground whenever my gardener's heart desired! But I know better. Mother Nature bit me last year with a final late frost on April 27! So when to plant?
|Just 3 weeks after planting, they're getting so tall, |
I'm running out of room to move up the grow light!
Meanwhile, the best planting date is still later. My grandfather always said to wait till May, preferably Mother's Day weekend or later. Afterall, it was April 27 last year when I took a chance and watched my sprouts get frostbitten. If we do get hit with another frost, just remember to cover your plants. Happy Planting!
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