It bugs me every year that retailers
(especially supermarkets and the like)
put out tomato seedlings early...
long before the soil is warm enough for them.
I always feel sorry for those people who I see at the check-out,
buying these early seedlings,
because I feel sure they are doomed to fail.
Where I live,
the traditional time for planting out tomatoes
is on the first Tuesday of November.
This is 'Melbourne Cup Day',
a public holiday in these parts - for a horse race.
The race has been dubbed,
'The Race that Stops a Nation'.
Well it may stop the nation but it spurs the gardeners into action!
But I am flouting that tradition!
Last week saw me at the checkout in a certain supermarket with, you guessed it, some tomato seedlings. If you had seen me, you may have noticed I was looking a little embarrassed in case other people thought I was barking mad. I fought the urge to explain myself to the check-out girl. I paid quickly and slunk out of the shop, breathing a huge sigh of relief once I had my purchases safely stowed, in the car, out of sight.
I planted them yesterday...76 days early.