The popular author Jackie French wrote many years ago in one of her gardening books that it’s warm enough to plant tomatoes when you can sit comfortably on the bare soil with bare buttocks. I’ve been thinking about that piece of wisdom a lot lately as we have many customers eager to plant tomatoes, basil and other summer veggies as soon as the calendar declared that it is now spring. Spring is a fickle season and consistency is not her main attribute. It’s warm, it’s cold, it’s windy and it’s still. The ground most definitely has not warmed up and I personally don’t fancy sitting on it with a bare bum. And neither do the tomatoes. The best thing to do, regarding planting, is be guided by nature, not the calendar and you’ll know when the time is right.