Veggie Garden Starting - Knowledgebase Question

Muskego, Wi
Question by carlapbf
April 21, 2010
I bought seeds to grow pumpkins, sweet corn, and sunflower seeds. The packets say not to plant outdoors until the risk of frost is gone. I found info online that suggests that in the Milwaukee area that is May 20th. But I'm considering starting the plants indoors and then transporting them outdoors at the end of May. How soon should I start the plants indoors?


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Answer from NGA
April 21, 2010

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You can start the seeds indoors now, which is about 6 weeks before it will be safe to plant them outdoors. Corn doesn't transplant well so if you want to plant them indoors, start them in tall, skinny containers (such as quart or half gallon milk or juice cartons) so that when it's time to plant outdoors you can cut off the bottoms and slide the plants right into the garden. Best wishes with your veggies!

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