Answer: You may want to place a lightweight spunbound polyester rowcover fabric over the seedbed to protect the seed. These covers allow light and air to penetrate. Some gardeners have also scattered a light covering of pine needles so as to offer some protection but not shade the soil much.
Wait until the temperatures are in the mid 70's before planting the seed outdoors. Plant in a well prepared seed bed enriched with compost. Keep the soil evenly moist.
Good luck with your seeds!
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