Hi Portland gardening friends!
What a delightful two days of warmer sunny weather we are having! Given the 7-day forecast I am finally giving the green light for the planting of tomatoes and other warm-season crops. Remember these plants like night temperatures consistently above 55 degrees. Cooler wet weather will cause them to be stressed, stunted, and likely die.
Here are the warm season crops to start planting now:
Melons & Watermelon
Tomatillos & Ground Cherries
Continue planting these crops we started planting in the cooler months:
Brussels sprouts (for winter harvest)
Cabbage (pick summer varieties)
Parsnips (for winter harvest)
Rutabaga (for winter harvest)
Stop planting these cool season crops that do not like the warm weather of summer:
I also think it is getting a little too late to plant leeks, onions, and shallots with the exception of quick growing scallions/green onions.
Keep planting all your perennial and annual herbs, as well as any fruit like strawberries, blueberries, etc.
Enjoy the sunshine and remember to keep all those new transplants and seed beds well watered in as we approach that extreme temperature spike into the 90s on Monday & Tuesday.