Seeds forum: How many weeks before average last frost is your area

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 5, 2013 9:05 AM CST
In Calgary, this week we are at 15 weeks before average last frost of May 25. We are at 9.5 hours of daylight, not enough for the greenhouse

I received a pack of Orbit geranium/pelargonium seeds at a seed exchange last Saturday. I think I will sow those this week (they are old seed, but still may be viable). I need to go through my seeds & pull out the ones that are recommended for 12 to 14 weeks before last frost. I usually start some tomatoes & petunias late Feb and move them into the greenhouse in early March. Actually I like to start plants a few weeks earlier than recommended since I have the greenhouse and the the plants are bigger at the end of May
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jvdubb
Feb 5, 2013 9:19 AM CST
I think it is about 10 weeks for me. Wow, quantifying it in weeks makes it seem not that bad!

I'm only doing winter sowing. No greenhouse, no light set up. It's my first year so I am excited to see how it turns out. I sowed way too much but looking foward to the challenge.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM CST
8 weeks!
Name: Theresa
Calgary AB
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violist
Feb 5, 2013 11:00 PM CST
That does help a lot Joanne! The winter does not seem as long! I started tomatoes on Sunday, and will start some more annuals this next week. I am with you, bigger plants are better in our all to short season!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Feb 7, 2013 5:37 AM CST

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It's about 12 weeks for me. I usually don't plant out frost tender things until May. We might begin to see sporadic warm days as soon as March, 4 to 6 weeks from now. I can begin then to give plants "field trips" to my porch or deck for a shot of filtered sun or a drink of spring rain.

Cold nights and frost are common way after that, though.

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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 21, 2013 1:14 PM CST
Sigh. 14 to 15 weeks for me, depending on what the weather does this year. Normally it would be 16 weeks at this point, but if it's like last year (hope hope!!!) 14 weeks, just about the end of May. I'll be able to start hardening off some of the more cold hardy things sooner this year, tho, because I have a new, better sheltered area to set them.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 21, 2013 3:14 PM CST
>> end of May

Yuck! For me, average-last-frost date is early-mid April, even though parts of this week have felt like mid-spring.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 27, 2013 6:42 AM CST
In KY I think the date is April 16th. I have a lot of preparing to do, it is getting here quickly. We have had some fairly warm days. It was near 60 the last 2 days but a cold front is coming in Angry
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 27, 2013 7:24 AM CST
About 9 weeks yet for me.


I'll be starting some veggie seeds indoors soon.

Yay! The fun part of the busy season is almost here! This year it'll be even more enjoyable; I set aside a pile of gravel to use as a walkway to the springhouse. Hopefully, it'll keep me from slipping and sliding through the mud and the muck every time I go out there. Smiling
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 27, 2013 7:53 AM CST
We are 12 weeks now. I hope to start up the greenhouse this weekend and move some stuff out there so I can start petunias and tomatoes
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 27, 2013 11:10 AM CST
We're about at the same time frame, Joanne. I started a few tomatoes, some basil and lobelia yesterday. Trying out the vermiculite for the first time, too. Smiling
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