All we are thinking of this time of the year is the tomato. And it’s life partner, basil. We have waited patiently, resisting the luring of fine bursts in the weather, knowing that this is their moment. And we now must embrace it! The rule of thumb for planting tomatoes, and basil, in Melbourne, is to wait for Melbourne Cup weekend. It’s known to be the time when spring has finally thrown out its last whimpers of winter, and apart from the erratic shift in wind or a sudden drop in temperature - this is Melbourne after all - longer and harsher spells of dodgy weather are a thing of the past. It is finally safe to nestle your beloved seedlings in the patch. It's also time to propagate heirloom tomato seeds ASAP.