That is the question!
But I’m ready! Tomatillo blossom
My non-scientific answer to that question is to ask myself, well, will the plant sulk? Our normal temperature range at this time of year is highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s, but there is still the rare potential for frost and an even rarer instance where it could get to be 80. This range, then, is not ideal for the heat-loving solanaceae family (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants). It’s even worse for cucumbers and beans.
SO, I wait. It’s hard! Especially when I didn’t have the greenhouses to distract me, this time of year is one spent waiting and watching the 10-day forecast. Hard work, this waiting, this watching your lovingly tended seedlings grow more and more leggy and spindly. But it is best for the plants. Get them in the ground and they either become victims of those munching creepy crawlies or are simply done in, fainting like corseted Victorian maidens. Or they survive.
But Thursday is Plant It Out day in our school gardens, so I will be “risking it” with okra, tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers, and those really fainting- and sulking-prone eggplants. So, cross your fingers for us. Unlike here at home, we’ve got the school calendar tick-tocking away on us. Some plants might just have to sulk.