planting tomatoes yet?
Some of you are in warmer pockets of western WA than me, so might have already planted out your tomatoes. I'd curious how they've done so far. This could be THE summer for tomatoes!
If I wait much longer to plant I'll need to repot transplants. I'm tempted to just put them out instead to avoid that set back, but the temps are still in the 40s at night for as far as the forecast goes -- May 24, so will need wall of waters, water jugs, plastic wrap around, etc. I have an unheated green house that was over 50 degrees for the 1st time last night, so that might be an option instead of the house at night.
Last year, I skipped all the protection gear and planted just after Father's Day. It was so easy and the plants just took off without any shocking, but still had lots of green ones in early October when the temps were dipping under 50 degrees again. I usually grow them on the dry side & snip any blossoms or little fruits around Labor Day to encourage ripening. Anything else work for you?
Is this how it is here in western WA?
If you plant early & fuss with the protection gear you get earlier tomatoes and less green ones to set around in fall.
If you wait until nights are warm enough & plant late without protection you have a lot of green tomatoes.
How much do you fuss with the protection gear and is it worth the hassle?