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Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby fennel » Mon May 20, 2013 6:26 pm

It seems a little early, especially given the slow spring, but I am itching to get my tomato plants in the ground. I'm in the city of Madison, so I think I may have a bit of thermal leeway.

Should I wait?
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Steve Vokers » Mon May 20, 2013 7:01 pm

I put mine in this past Friday. I always put them in the week before Memorial Day weekend, because I've always got other stuff going on for the holiday and I don't want to wait until the week after.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby massimo » Mon May 20, 2013 7:05 pm

Put several in three weekends ago, which turned out to be too early. The mother's day frost kilt 'em, so I'm going to have to do it all over.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Donald » Mon May 20, 2013 8:03 pm

I like to get a jump on the season, so I planted my container tomatoes two weeks ago. I had to bring them inside a couple of days, but I think they're out to stay now. I hesitate to plant garden tomatoes too early, but I hope it's safe now.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Mad Howler » Mon May 20, 2013 8:46 pm

We had every intention to get em in yesterday, I am so thankful to have let the forecast lead me away from that decision.
It is looking like late Thursday afternoon will work.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Violet_Skye » Mon May 20, 2013 9:54 pm

I put some of mine in right after that last freeze; some others went in in the next few days after that. The last ones went in today. I think we are in the clear now, weather wise.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Mad Howler » Mon May 20, 2013 10:06 pm

Violet_Skye wrote:I put some of mine in right after that last freeze; some others went in in the next few days after that. The last ones went in today. I think we are in the clear now, weather wise.

You are very smart.
I wish I planted as wisely a you.
I expect your succession plantings will out preform,
My plugging in the lot of transplants when I figure it's time.
No doubt your crops are more manageable, as well.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Violet_Skye » Mon May 20, 2013 10:10 pm

Mad Howler wrote:
Violet_Skye wrote:I put some of mine in right after that last freeze; some others went in in the next few days after that. The last ones went in today. I think we are in the clear now, weather wise.

You are very smart.
I wish I planted as wisely a you.
I expect your succession plantings will out preform,
My plugging in the lot of transplants when I figure it's time.
No doubt your crops are more manageable, as well.

It had more to do with my available amount of free time to devote to planting. No real plan to it. I definitely do try to scale back on the number of plants I put in each year, and routinely fail to do so.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Detritus » Mon May 20, 2013 11:24 pm

Put 'em in on Saturday, along with the rest of the garden. Hoping they survive the rains....
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Mad Howler » Mon May 20, 2013 11:50 pm

Violet_Skye wrote:It had more to do with my available amount of free time to devote to planting. No real plan to it. I definitely do try to scale back on the number of plants I put in each year, and routinely fail to do so.


I don't know,
The strategy you employ but do not think much of,
Seems pretty sensible to me.
Thank you for the reminder.
I had a grandmother who did things in the garden that always worked out.
The trouble, for me, was she didn't speak solid English and I did not speak her dialect of the Polish language (or any other).
In the end I learned a great deal from her.
I struggle now to put these lessons into language.

Bushwa, bushwa, bushwa...
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Violet_Skye » Tue May 21, 2013 12:44 pm

When the internet came along, one of the first online addictions I had was to gardenweb.com. This took the place of my own grandmothers' garden advice, and is still a great source of collective experience and knowledge. It helped me out a ton when I was a newbie. I guess now, years later, I have enough confidence and experience to wing it a bit.
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby peripat » Wed May 22, 2013 2:18 pm

I only plant seven tomatoes, but they are in a raised bed. I put six of them in May 3rd and the seventh today. I covered them the nights it was supposed to freeze and they look great today. (My mother always told me to wait until May 17 to plant but I've had pretty good luck doing it two weeks earlier)
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby TheBookPolice » Wed May 22, 2013 2:20 pm

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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby fennel » Wed May 22, 2013 2:50 pm

Thursday night Low: 39 °F (NWS)
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Re: Are your tomatoes in yet?

Postby Michael Patrick » Wed May 22, 2013 3:36 pm

Tomatoes around here will be fine. It would have to drop below freezing and hold there for a couple of hours for any real damage to happen.
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