by Connie Oswald Stofko
If you’re one of those Western New York gardeners who like to plant your tender vegetables during Mother’s Day weekend, I hope you checked the forecast first.
Last night we had a frost advisory for all of Western New York. Tender vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, can’t tolerate frost!
In fact, they want nights–nights, not days– that are at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be a few days before we see even daytime temperatures getting that warm.
If you have your plants out in poor conditions, it may take time for the plant to recover, said Jen Weber, vice president and manager of Mike Weber Greenhouses in West Seneca.
“If you plant too early, you could stunt your plant,” Weber said. “You might get a setback instead of that head start you think you’re getting.”
See more in this April 2019 article about when you can safely plant tender vegetables in your area of Western New York, as well as what herbs, annuals and vegetables you can plant now. For more on cool weather vegetables, see here.