Oklahoma City's average "last frost" is listed somewhere between early and middle April (depending on what source you're using), and last night was just about at 32. We brought in many of the plants and covered the rest, including the garden.
Everything made it through the night without a problem. I'm not even totally sure it got to freezing at any point.
But the really wonderful thing is that I'm pretty sure that's the last night we have to worry about freezing temperatures at all. Before I'd even finished my coffee this morning, I was out in the garden planting the tomatoes! The results:
They look so tiny now that they're up to their necks in garden soil! It was sad to see them go from looking like impressive tomato plants to itty bitty seedlings again, but I'll appreciate myself for that later in the season though, when they're growing strong because of their deep, fabulous root systems. I'm really going to have to work at containing them in their cages, but at least the cages seem quite sturdy once all four have been tied together.
So, what tomato plants wound up in the garden?
Two Pink Brandywines:
One Supersweet 100:
The Genovese is a new plant I purchased for 75 cents at the farmer's market this Saturday. The third Brandywine I was going to put in the garden is still clearly stunted from lack of water when it was a tiny seedling, so it's not likely to ever produce much. I'm keeping it in a small pot for a little while just incase anything happens to the other Brandywines, but he's pretty much out of the running now.
I also planted the other Supersweet 100 in one of my largest pots, added a purple basil (I always try to pair a basil with my tomato plants!), and set it just outside the back steps:
He looks positively dwarfed next to that full-grown basil! But it's all for the sake of a good root system, and soon he'll be the one doing the towering.
As for the hanging Red Robin tomato plants, one of them has two reddening tomatoes! I'll surely take photos and gloat as soon as they're ready to pick.