It’s Mother’s Day – the traditional time of year in New Jersey to plant tomatoes. Before you run to your local garden center, grab your trowel and start digging, stop. With cooler than usual night temperatures this spring, experts say you’d be wiser to wait another week or two…While waiting, prepare the tomato bed, and make sure the soil’s pH is 6.5, said Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension office in your county analyzes soil: $20 for a fertility test, $50 for a soil/plant suitability test.
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