Here are some things to keep in mind/watch for over the coming days, as well as some cause and effect observations about the spring weather we are experiencing in general.
Heavy rains/thunderstorms can wash away early seedlings, particularly if they are very small. I've lost rows of greens and beets during gully washing thunderstorms. We may have a limited greens season, but it is easy to be depressed about wasted effort as an early planting vanishes.
Hail - that's the real bad guy to gardeners. The types of thunderstorms we may get could produce the type of precipitation that shreds young and old foliage alike. If you've not planted yet, fine - on Thursday, things should smooth out. Hail is bad news - it is my own particular worst fear each season (along with late, unexpected frost, of course).
Many of you probably notice that tomatoes don't mind the cooler conditions nearly as much as peppers and eggplant - which simply refuse to put on much top growth until we get milder evenings. Don't worry - the roots are developing - but you won't see much until it warms up - unless you have greenhouse-grown seedlings.
Hold back on planting beans until we dry out and the soil warms - otherwise your seeds will probably rot and you will have a row with few, if any, bean plants. Again, beans from seeds are quick, and our season long, so don't waste money and effort planting seeds too soon....the same can be said for squash and cukes....which also like it warm.
If you are on the fence about planting or waiting, realize that tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings planted in cool conditions will survive, but mostly just sit there glumly wondering when the weather will improve. If you've not planted yet, that's fine - it is not nearly too late, and won't be - you can plant right on through end of May or later, since you will easily have the 90-100 day or more window of prime temps for your crops.
The good news is that we are having a pretty spectacular set of conditions, temperature-wise, for things like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, and all sorts of greens and beets. But only those who have well-drained soil, and got their plants in early, will be enjoying this advantage! The greens that I planted in my garden, and on my deck in pots, are happy indeed...if a bit overly watered - with more on the way.
Happy gardening, all! Hoping to see some of you at Atlantic Orchid and Garden this coming Saturday morning - I will be talking about.....surprise!...tomatoes!