THERE’S great excitement – the sudden burst of warm weather last week has boosted soil temperatures in the garden.
For those who can’t wait to start planting their summer vegetables, it’s only a matter of days now before conditions are warm enough to start planting tomatoes.
Experienced gardeners know the importance of not planting tomato seedlings into an open garden until top soil temperatures (10 to 20cm) remain consistently above 16C.
This ensures they remain sufficiently stimulated to begin producing strong, healthy growth.
No doubt some gardeners already have their plants – grown from seed – sitting in small containers ready for action. For others, it’s time to pay a visit to your local garden centre and check out the multitude of varieties now available, before deciding which tomatoes to grow this season. Keep in mind what you do before you plant tomatoes is just as important as the variety you choose. Location – While tomatoes are sun-lovers and need at least six hours of sun a day, performance is significantly improved if the plants receive afternoon shading through summer.