Tomatoes, along with other heat-loving vegetables and herbs such as squash, peppers, eggplant, melons and basil fare best when night temperatures hover at 50 degrees or higher.
The higher the better, as far as these plants are concerned. Soil temperatures have also risen, making it more conducive to growth.
As you plant vegetables, consider working in a slow-release fertilizer to the soil. Provide a sturdy support for the tomatoes. I also grow squash and cucumbers on tomato cages to make the fruit easier to pick. It also conserves space.
It's also prime planting weather for seeds of beans and corn. I use long boards to help me keep the rows straight. Just lay them out on the soil and work along them. I also leave the boards in place as the seedlings emerge, which helps prevent my cats from scratching in the freshly-dug soil. The other time-honored method of getting straight rows is to use stakes and string.
With a week of forecast warm weather, your tomatoes, peppers and other heat-loving vegetables will get off to a productive start.
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