It’s Chicago. It won’t be reliably warm til mid June. I know this and yet somehow I’m taken by surprise every damn year.
I turned the furnace off 3 days ago then turned it back on this morning when I woke up and it was under 60º (15c) in the house. It’s supposed to get up to 80 today but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Anyway, when it got warm last weekend, I took half the tomatoes and all the flowers & most of the herbs, still in their seedling pots, out to the farm, but left the remaining tomatoes, the basil, and the peppers in the Breezeway on the warming mat. So we’ll see how they respectively do. I don’t think it’s been cold enough to actually kill the outside ones (and indeed they look okay), but nothing is growing, not inside or outside. They’re all just sitting there. Oh, except the once-gorgeous marigolds, which are now in really bad shape (not uptaking nutrients- the soil’s just too cold).