Tomato – When To Start Planting

Q: I like to put heirloom tomato seeds directly into the ground rather than starting plants indoors. When’s the earliest I could sow the seed this year?

A: Tomato seeds like 70 degree soil before they readily germinate. Checking www.georgiaweather.net I see that last year it happened on April 23 in your area. Soil temperatures right now are in the mid-60′s. I’d wait at least another week before planting tomato seed outdoors.