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Safe for Tomatoes?

Post  Blackrose on 5/9/2011, 10:06 pm

Starting this Friday, the forecast is saying that we are not going to get below 10C/50F with highs around 17C/63F (up to 22C/72C this week.. nice!). Is that still too cool to put out my tomatoes? I was thinking of starting to harden them off this week while keeping an eye on the weather.

My last frost date is coming up in the next week and since the forecast is not calling for frost before, I'm hoping we won't get one after. I have a frost blanket on standby just in case.

My black cherry tomato is about to take over my kitchen. My DH singing "Welcome to the Jungle" every time he walks into the kitchen is getting a little old. Laughing
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Post  Blackrose on 5/10/2011, 1:47 pm

I've got my tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, eggplant and peppers all outside hardening off today. It's quite nice out, 15C/59F and overcast right now. It was pretty sunny earlier today, but I'm kind of glad that the clouds have come. I was having trouble finding a shady spot to put my plants. Very Happy

Any recommendations on if I can plant my tomatoes out next week based on my previous post?
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Post  Old Hippie on 5/10/2011, 7:36 pm

Blackrose, I usually plant mine sometime between the long weekend in May and the end of May. By that time, we are getting most nights above freezing even though we get some freaky cold nights now and then. Our last frost date is usually around the 6th to 12th of June...seems to depend on the full moon, but I plant them earlier and am prepared to cover them on cool nights even if it is not actually freezing. I am not sure if the cool nights slows them down......I suppose it does but I am too impatient to wait any longer.
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Post  quiltbea on 5/10/2011, 8:37 pm

I'm also in zone 5a and our last frost date is now May 15th but I never believe them. I will start my hardening off around the 15th for a week and if the long forecast wills it, then I'll plant my toms and peppers the following week. The eggplant will wait a week longer. They are usually a lot more tender than the others. I found it never hurts to wait a week and not rush the transplanting on any of my warm-weaather crops. The warmer weather a week or two later gives them a good boost anyway.

In any case, having the heavy row cover or frost cover handy is the best way to prevent frost damage.

If the toms slow down due to cool weather, believe me, they'll perk right back up and push their growth when it warms up again.

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Post  Blackrose on 5/10/2011, 10:24 pm

Yeah!!! Thank you ladies! They all seemed to enjoy the fresh air today. To be honest, they have mostly been in windowsills for a few weeks and I have a tendency to leave the windows open for fresh air. Even when it's cool. So, I'm sure that has acclimated them somewhat to lower temps. I had them out in a shady spot on an overcast day and all is good. Brought them in just before it got dark out and they will go back out in the morning.

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Post  nancy on 5/11/2011, 10:24 am

I almost put mine out on the back patio table this morning. It's supposed to be 87* and high humidity today. There is also a chance of storms, so I thought perhaps I would wait a day. They look so happy and I can't wait to get them in the ground. I'm shooting for this weekend.
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