Yesterday I planted tomatoes in the 5×5 garden. We’re pretty much past the point of frosts, especially here in my garden which is a high south facing slope. The night time temperatures have been dipping less and less into the 40’s and the days are feeling warm. With these warm days the tomatoes are taking off in their cell packs. One signal for me that it’s time to transplant tomatoes into the garden is when I start seeing tomato seedlings pop up around the garden from last year’s fallen fruit. This is a signal that the soil is warm enough for these warm soil loving crops.
If you notice there’s a dandelion blooming back behind the tomato. I purposefully leave these in the garden because they draw up calcium and other nutrients from deep within the soil. Calcium is important for tomatoes in particular helping them set fruit better. This makes dandelions a perfect partner for them. Sometimes weeds can be beneficial for our gardens!
Have you planted warm weather crops yet? Or do you live in a warm climate where you planted them long ago and are eating tomatoes already?Filed under 5x5 Garden Challenge | Comments (12)