Maturity Dates For Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Ronkonkoma, NY
Question by tootwalata
May 27, 2001
On the back of packets of vegetable seeds, it always gives a maturity date (i.e. 70-75 days). If the seeds are started early indoors (say, 3 weeks before last frost), does this affect the maturity date. Should I go by the date of sowing, the date of germination or the date that I transplant the seedlings outside to determine when the vegetables should be harvested? My problem is that I need to reuse the small space that I have for spring, summer and autumn crops, so I need to be able to estimate when to start the next crop.
Thank you!


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Answer from NGA
May 27, 2001

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weeks, or planting a quick growing patch of basil or something else minor to fill the time. Bush beans take about 45 days and are a traditional filler. So although I have not given you specifics, I hope this helps you judge and trial and error your planning. This is something each gardener has to decide based on personal preferences and gardening techniques. Keeping a notebook can help you build on your experience from year to year, too. weeks, or planting a quick growing patch of basil or something else minor to fill the time. Bush beans take about 45 days and are a traditional filler. So although I have not given you specifics, I hope this helps you judge and trial and error your planning. This is something each gardener has to decide based on personal preferences and gardening techniques. Keeping a notebook can help you build on your experience from year to year, too.

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