It’s time to plant the spring vegetable garden. Our winter has been unseasonable mild. Fall planted solanaceae crops such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant may have come through light frosts and showing signs of new growth now. It’s always a dilemma — do we pull them out and plant new — or hope for a second crop?
We find tomatoes the most difficult to pull through a second season, so we’ll pull those struggling plants and plant new. We picked up a couple Hawaiian cultivars from D & D Growers at the Rio de la Paz Festival. When you think about it, that state has a more varied and bizarre climate than our own, so varieties bred for that state might have promise here. We’ve grown Hawaiian cultivars in the past, in the fall season, and always had good luck with them.
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