The Q&A Archives: Starting vegetables in a green house

Question: Where can I get detailed info on how to start veggies in a green house then move them to raised beds? Also, an HD newletter from last fall showed me how to utilize the beds over the winter by planting rye grass and tulip/daffodill bulbs. The bulbs are coming up beautifully and the grass looked great all winter (thanks HD for the great idea!) but how soon can I pull the bulbs in order to start putting my vegetables in?

Answer: I think you'll find the guidance you need in Shane Smith's book entitled Greenhouse Gardeners Companion (Fulcrum Books, available online at or perhaps your library has a copy.

As for the bulbs, it is important for you to allow the foliage to die down naturally before you dig the bulbs. The foliage transports energy to the bulbs for the following year's flower display. If you dig the bulbs or cut the foliage down prematurely, the bulbs won't have enough stored energy to produce flowers next year. Once the foliage yellows and dies down, you can safely dig and store the bulbs for replanting next fall.

Best wishes with your new veggie garden!

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