Directly Sowing Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Upperco, MD
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Question by thom9
March 30, 2000
The date of the last frost is upon my region. I havce not started any plants indoors nor sown my cold weather vegeteables. Should I wait and directly plant warm soil plants like tomotoes and peppers or still start them indoors? Is it too late too plant the cold weather plants like lettuce and carrots?


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2000
To some extent the answer to your question depends on how much of a "gambler" you are. Quick growing cool season crops that can also be eaten at a young stage such as lettuce and spinach can still be planted, certainly. Tomatoes and melons could still be given a head start indoors, since they and other heat loving crops would be not be seeded outdoors until the soil has warmed up, usually a week or two after the frost date. Tomatoes seeded outdoors seem to nearly catch up to the transplants, running just a week or two later. Peppers take such a long time to grow that I would probably suggest purchasing some transplants, but the seeds should remain viable for years if properly stored.

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