Short Growing Season In Montana - Knowledgebase Question

Bozeman, MT
Question by haagner
January 3, 2001
I moved to Montana from Mississippi and I need to know how to have summer vegetables in this short growing season.


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Answer from NGA
January 3, 2001

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Choose varieties that have the least amount of days to maturity. Start seeds indoors to transplant out after the last frost, to get a jumpstart on the season. (Root crops, such as carrots, beets, radishes, should be sown in place, however.) Generally, sow seeds about 6-10 weeks before you'd transplant them outside. Also, some gardeners like to use black plastic as a mulch to warm up the garden soil, which encourages seed germination, root development and growth. Plant in holes cut into the plastic. I hope these ideas help!

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