I’ve been gardening in my part of the world for 5 years now, and this is the latest near-frost we’ve had. 36 degrees this morning at 6 am, so probably colder than that before the sun peeked out.
My basil plants are definitely dead, so I’ll replace those. I’m not sure about my tomatoes. I have limited tomato real estate this year (avoiding my main tomato bed due to blight last year) and I’ve planted out the seedlings that I started in the basement.
This morning, they were not looking good. Not dead, but not good. Damage on the outer leaves that certainly looks like frost damage. IT’S JUNE. I was good and waited until Memorial Day to plant. Ugh.
The question: The plants will probably survive, but with this kind of early damage they’ll likely not thrive. But I’m kind of attached since I started them from seed. Should I let them try to make it? Or just replace them with purchased plants? I’m leaning toward keeping one or two of the less-damaged ones and replacing the rest.
Sigh. Living this far north is only tolerable if I can grow tomatoes, dammit.