Planting tomatoes in spring before summer heat allows ample time for ripening. In Illinois, May 10 is the recommended planting day for tomatoes. By this time of year the soil is continually warm and the heat of summer has not fully set in. Select a planting site that receives plenty of sunlight and has nutrient-rich soil.
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