Tomatoes Move Outside

Last Wednesday (May 14th), I moved the tomatoes outside to “harden off,” i.e. get used to conditions outdoors in preparation for being transplanted.  I usually transplant the early tomatoes first, but since I’m later than usual this year all the tomatoes can go outside at the same time.

tomato and marigold seedlings in the cold frame

tomato and marigold seedlings in the cold frame

I put most of my tomatoes and the marigold ‘golden guardian’ seedlings in the cold frame, but the early tomatoes are too tall for the cold frame so I put them in a shaded area on the north side of the garage.  In addition to protecting the seedlings from too much sunshine too soon, this area will protect them from the wind.

tomato seedlings surrounded by lily-of-the-valley and primrose flowers

tomato seedlings surrounded by lily-of-the-valley and primrose flowers

I couldn’t put the early tomatoes outside on Thursday or Friday because it was cold and raining hard, but they have spent part of each day outside since then.

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work: chemist, NMR manager; hobbies: gardening, reading, photography, electronics, biking, woodworking
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  1. Pingback: Transplanting Tomatoes & Marigolds | gardenblog2013

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