When do you set your plants into the garden?

Photo of tomato starts in garden

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the general rule of thumb is to wait until Mother's Day weekend. By then, you can be fairly sure that all danger of heavy frost is passed. Of course, there are some vegetables that can go out sooner - kale, lettuce, peas, and the like. But for tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, etc., Mother's Day weekend generally works.

This year, with the strong (but fading) El Nino, the temperatures have been moderate to high. We already had one day near 90 degrees in the Seattle area and that's unheard of this early in the season!

So today, I started setting out some of the plants. Here, I have four tomatillos and four Early Girl tomatoes in. As the tomatillos have a bush-type habit, I put them in wire cages. For the Early Girls, I put in a metal fence post and let them climb as high up the post as they like, tying them when necessary.

So, when is your "opening day" and what do you set out or start in your gardens in late April, early May?

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 06:15


The tomatillos are small - we had some VERY hot weather four weeks ago that caught me totally by surprise. I was hardening off my starts but left them out all day and lost nearly 70 percent of my starts. I had to restart them all, so they are still small. But all will be fine. I actually prefer setting out the smaller plants so it all worked out.

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