Starting Pansies and Vegetables for Fall - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, MD
Question by msauer613
August 7, 1998
We would like to start pansies for the fall/winter/spring season. How soon can we start them in pots to be transplanted into boxes and beds? Any suggestions on how to go about the process. We would also like to start cold crops for the fall. We do our gardening in raised boxes (lots of them) and we just built a green house/hot house that is 6'X6' with many shelves


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Answer from NGA
August 7, 1998

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I forwarded your "visiting Burpee" question to their customer service staff, and they'll respond directly to you. As for starting pansies, you can direct seed some into beds later this month and into September. If you want to start seedlings now to get a jump on fall displays, germinate seeds flats kept in darkness and at 65-75F. Once seeds sprout, move the flats to a bright but cooler location so the plants will not overheat and get leggy. The direct seeded ones may easily catch up to the early starts, so I'm not sure there's much advantage, except in the adventure of trying it!

As for cool-season crops, you can start more bush beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cukes, lettuce, radish, and turnips in late August/early September. Enjoy!

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