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.
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.
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.