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5 Terrific Tomatoes for Northern California | Regional Report

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There’s nothing like the psychological boost obtained when planting the first tomato of the year out in the garden – the touch of fragrant foliage, the joy of watching your young plant’s progress, anticipating tasty harvests to come and the knowledge that summer really is on its way.

Growing your own tomatoes is not difficult but there are things you should know.  They’re frost tender but seeds can be started indoors up to six weeks before your garden’s last average frost date.  Seedlings can be planted out in the garden as soon as all danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures remain above 60°F. Cold soil can stunt your tomato plants’ growth for the whole growing season and with the wide variation of climates and microclimates experienced in Northern California, it’s important to know how to time your planting for optimal success. Check with your local nursery or…

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