It’s been all over the place for temperatures this spring. We’ve had weekends where it was in the mid-70’s. We’ve even had a couple of 80 degree days. Like other neighbors I begin to think its time to start planting even though there is still some much cooler temperatures ahead, along with the possibility of a frost and lots of rain.
My tomato plants were looking pretty good inside so I thought I’d take a chance on them right now. I hardened the plant off, and then I’ve protected it with a simple empty plastic container. Some folks might call this a cloche. I use the cap to moderate the temperature. If the sun is coming out at all, I remove the cap because it will really heat up. If it’s raining or generally a cloudy day, I’ll keep the cap on. The cap is always on at night.
So far, so good. My tomato plant is thriving nicely. I’ve got about a dozen more started inside that will be hardened off this weekend. By Mothers Day they’ll be in the ground. All this work in an effort for the first tomatoes in the neighborhood-it really doesn’t matter too much. Even if you got out and buy a large tomato plant with yellow blossoms on it, we all seem to get our tomatoes within the same 2 week period of time.
The varieties I’m growing this year are all my favorites: san marzano, sun gold, red cherry, rainbow cherry, 5 star grape, sun sugar, new girl, and rose. Paste tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and slicing tomatoes-each only taking up 1 square foot of space. It’s a great way to garden