Current Vermont folk wisdom says you should wait until Memorial Day to plant out warm-weather crops. I've been monitoring the long-range forecast on Accuweather, and temperatures looked to be on a warming trend, with nighttime temps in the low 50s and daytime in the 70s and 80s. When Saturday broke with clear blue skies and promises of temperatures close to 80, I decided to go ahead and plant.
In other years, I haven't had the time to get an early start on the garden, so Planting Day would mean a full 8 or 10 hours out in the sun and dirt. But I already had onions, spinach, cabbage, celery, peas, lettuce, and arugula in the ground, so I could afford to be a little leisurely. It was such a gorgeous day, I decided we should have a late breakfast out on the deck.