Seed Starting - Knowledgebase Question

Bethlehem, PA
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Question by Michele345
February 15, 2000
I'm in zone 6 and I want to know when I should start my seeds. I was planning mostly on vegatables like peppers and tomatoes. This is my first time with a garden so I'm very new at this. When is the estimated last frost in my region?

Answer from NGA
February 15, 2000
The average last frost date for your area is about mid-April so you can begin sowing seeds indoors the first or second week of March for tomatoes and peppers. These warm-season plants can go outdoors after the soil and air temperature warms. Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days and they generally take 6-8 weeks to grow to transplanting size. Started within the next 3 or 4 weeks, they'll be ready for transplant outdoors in late May.

Tomato and pepper seeds germinate best in temperatures of 75F-90F so plan on providing a warm spot, or using heat cables.

Good luck with your new garden!

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