Mother’s Day weekend is proving to be windy and cold. Hope you weren’t fooled by the recent Floridian weather into planting too soon.
Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are among those pre-started plants that must be protected, especially overnight, when temps dip to near zero, as they could tonight and tomorrow. Certain vegetable seeds, including beans, might also be extremely unhappy in this kind of cold, wet weather.
Peas, lettuce and spinach, however, count themselves as cool-weather crops and can usually tough it out.
If your plants are in containers, move them into the garage or close to a house wall. Regardless if they’re in containers or in the ground, cover them with an old bed- or painting-sheet, or big sheet of plastic (like dry cleaner bags) and secure with bricks or stones, as it is expected to be windy.
Won’t be long till we’re back to planting season. In Toronto, the Victoria Day weekend is the traditional safe planting date. Closer to Lake Ontario, you can often move this date forward a little for most plants. For tomatoes, however, if in doubt, don’t plant them out. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound (or more) of tomatoes.