Spring has hit us with some late frosts this year. I finally got all my tomatoes in the ground May 1st. I had the cherry tomatoes planted the week earlier since they had long out-grown their 4 inch pots, but I waited on the smaller Roma's and a few others until we had a clear forecast. I started my tomato seeds indoors on March 6th which was too early, I think. Next year I will wait until the middle or end of March.
|Tomato map 2013|
This year I have my tomatoes planted against 9 cattle panels with 8 tomatoes per panel. We redid the drip irrigation with PVC between the plastic lines for more stability and easier winter storage. On April 30th we had a killing frost. I covered all the tomatoes with jugs and burlap, but I lost two Sun Cherries because their covers blew off. That brings my total number of tomato plants to 69.