Too early for tomoatoes? - Knowledgebase Question

Morton, PA (Zone 6B)
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Question by paddington11
April 6, 2005
I live in southeastern Pennsylvania and am anxious to start container gardening. Tomatoes have been recommended. For my region, is early April too soon to set them outside?

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2005
Tomatoes need warm soil temperatures and do not survive freezing weather or frosts. So they are usually planted a week or two after the last frost in your area. Of course predicting exactly when the last frost will happen is a bit imprecise, you can use the average frost date as a guide. Once nights are reliably in the mid 40's is usually fine. Be prepared to cover the plant if a late frost threatens. Or, you can set it outside during the daytime and bring it in under cover at night to try to get a jump start. Enjoy your tomatoes!

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