|I've just planted my tomatoes and was told I planted them way too early. Did I? I'm checking the weather each evening to find out if there is a danger of frost. If there is a frost warning, I'll cover my plants with an old sheet, then uncover in the warmer mid-morning weather. When is a good date to try and plant my tomatoes?|
|Ideally, you should wait until all danger of frost is past before planting tomatoes outdoors. Even if they survive a cold spell, their growth may be set back, so it's best to wait. You can set them out a week or two earlier if you have row covers or "wall-o-waters" in place to hold in the day's heat through the night. |
According to my map, your last spring frost occurs sometime around April 20, so you should be OK, though be prepared to cover them if a frost threatens. However, if a gardening neighbor told you it was too early, I'd follow their advice. Perhaps you are in a cold pocket that is susceptible to later frosts than your surrounding area.