All Things Gardening forum: when is there enough sun hours in the day to put out veggies?

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
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Feb 4, 2012 5:22 PM CST
Some things get leggy and don't grow right without enough sun. We have a small greenhouse. So freezing issues resolved. Problem may be enough light. Any suggestions? I really would like to start my onions from seed . Starts are pricey when you buy 200 at a time. Also seed selection is much much better.

Thanks, Phillip
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Feb 7, 2012 7:45 AM CST
You'd probably be good to go now. Your greenhouse will give an even light and prevent the legginess. Window sills don't give the plant overhead light and so it has to reach for more, causing it to get too tall and spindly. Being in zone 7, you can probably start most everything now. I'm waiting for April. Even considering the open winter we're having, planting out time won't come until late May or early June.

Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Feb 7, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Kathleen thank you
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 7, 2012 2:46 PM CST
Phillip, onion seedlings tend to get "leggy" (for me, at least), regardless of the amount of light they receive; I find that giving them several "haircuts," trimming back to about half their height, before planting out makes them stronger and a lot more manageable. I'll be starting my onions inside, under lights, in about a week, for planting out in mid to late May; in your zone, you may be able to sow the seeds directly in the garden.
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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
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Feb 7, 2012 6:37 PM CST
Seriously considering it weedwhacker. I know a couple of people who raise onions that way. I'm sure all those onion chives just get thrown out to Rolling on the floor laughing o.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Feb 9, 2012 8:34 PM CST
You can direct sow onion seeds , but my experience has been you do not get larger or earlier onions , you just spend more time weeding ,and I would rather spend transplant time than weeding any day. Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 9, 2012 8:38 PM CST
Cinda, can you direct sow onions? the new zone map has me in 5a, but I really have to question that... so confusing, but now I can buy that buddleia that I've been wanting!
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Feb 9, 2012 8:44 PM CST
I have in the past but not worth it , the weeds compete too much , I have to start early.
I have raised beds and use row covers in the spring for my earliest things, I think it helps boost me to 5b or ?.
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