I know you may be tempted but it's not time!
I know you may be tempted but it's not time to plant your summer garden in El Dorado Hills. Every year my husband, seeing signs of Spring and all the summer plant start in Home Depot, Orchard Supply, and Lowes on his weekly visits, is tempted to get his garden started. Many of the summer vegetables are not frost tolerant and technically you need to wait until the last frost date has passed.
Based on the USDA gardening zones our last frost here in El Dorado Hills should be around February 15th. Most years we still get a frost in April so I'm not sure how they've come up with that date. Here it is April 5th and we just had another frost last night. Until the ground warms up and nighttime temperatures are about 50 degrees (even if the sky is blue and the last frost date has passed), it is not time to plant warm season crops, especially Tomatoes.. Through trial and error, we've learned it almost stunts their growth instead of giving them a head start.
If you must buy your plants early for a better selection fine, but keep them in a protected area until it's time to plant. May 1st seems to be the magic time for us.
I know you may be tempted but just chill, cause it's not time!
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