Short Growing Season In Montana - Knowledgebase Question

Bozeman, MT
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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.

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2001
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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