The Q&A Archives: Optimal Times to Start Seeds Indoors

Question: I live in Orange county, NY and want to know when is the best time to start a vegetable garden in my area? I would like to start seeds indoors for some varities. Am I too late? John Collishaw Montgomery, New York

Answer: You have plenty of time. In fact many gardeners start planting seedling too early, when the ground or growing conditions have not warmed up enough. Plan to get cold hardy plants, like lettuce, root crops, peas, broccoli, in the ground as soon as the average last frost(about May 15th) is past. Wait until the groung and air temperatures are consistantly warm 50-60F before planting warm loving crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, etc.

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