With the few days of warm weather that we’ve been teased with over the last several weeks, you just might be tempted by Mother Nature to jump the gun and set out some tomato plants that have been tempting you at the garden centers. But resist that temptation just a little longer.
The closer your garden is to the lake the earlier you can plant. Around Cleveland the last frost date is historically around May 18 while Akron is historically the 21st. This year however, may be adjusting those historical dates a bit.
If you do plant temperature-sensitive plants like tomatoes or impatiens, be prepared to cover them up if we get a sudden cold snap.
Planting seeds of heat loving plants need to have night temperatures consistently in or above the 50 degree range. Plant seeds directly in the garden before the soil warms up will more often than not give poor results. Always read the seed packet for planting dates, and maybe this year, hold off an extra week. Good luck and may the force be with your in your gardening universe.
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