…. tomatoes in the ground in April…oh no!!!!!
I think it’s time to refresh our memories (or instill a new one) about the growing seasons in Northeast Ohio. Here we go:
* We have three (3) growing seasons: two cool seasons and one warm season. To be successful, it’s very important to match the season with the type of plant you want to grow.
* We are in the first cool season, which usually lasts until the end of May. The second cool season generally starts the beginning of September and lasts until frost (maybe as long as early November). In either cool season, you can grow cool season vegetables. They include: greens (lettuce, etc.), peas, radishes, onions, garlic, etc. In general, vegetables where we use leaves and roots, can be planted in the cool seasons.
* Our only warm season is generally from late May until September. You cannot successfully grow warm season vegetables during the cool season! Don’t blame me…..I didn’t set up the rules! The warm season plants that cannot tolerate even a hint of cold or frost are: basil, beans, cucumber, eggplant, pepper, squash, and of course our beloved tomatoes. Even if we don’t have a heavy frost, if the temperatures get below 50 degrees, your tomato plant could be damaged, and even if it looks okay, it isn’t going to grow until it warms up. (By the way, garden centers love when we buy tomatoes and peppers in April….since we’ll be back to buy more in another 6 weeks.)
I know, I know, it’s so hard to resist the urge to go out and plant the whole garden at one time! But there are other things you can do out there. I’ve attached the handout from my Gardening 101 presentation because winter seems to put our gardening neurons in some hard to find place where it can’t be easily retrieved. For those of you who have asked, I’m still trying to put together a day when I can do that presentation for you. Stay tuned.
As always, please don’t hesitate to ask questions or request a private consult in the garden…..now only if it would stop raining and get warmer.