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When is the best time to start seed?

Discussion in 'Temperate Climate Only' started by Pamelambie, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. Pamelambie

    Pamelambie Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I live in Pennsylvania, I'd love to start some plants for my garden from seed this year (as opposed to buying plants like the previous 4 years). When should I start seed? Any recommendations on what to use as a small greenhouse, too? Our indoor space is... Tight lol
     
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    Check out this website. Select your region / zone and then look at the month by month sowing / seeding / planting tips.

    https://www.gardenate.com/

    I signed up to this site and get their monthly reminders on what to start and how. Works well.
     
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  3. Pamelambie

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    Awesome!!! Thanks!
     
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    I use the clyde's garden planner and the farmer's almanac as a quick reference. But basically I just find my last frost date and count backwards from there. I like to do a run of cold weather crops super early... sometimes as much as a month before and then transfer them out under cover during the cold. My heat loving plants I stick pretty close to the recommended weeks or play it on the safer side and start them "just on time".
     
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    What do you cover them with? And is it covered all the time?
     
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    I live in a small house to so what I did was put my seed in their pots then set the pot into a clear plastic bag and twist tied it shut after watering. This acts as a miniture green house and is also a great way to root cuttings. I use a big enough pot I can put several seeds in then thin later.
     
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    I use a agrobon type fleece material as a floating row cover suspended over the plants with hoops. The material is breathable and can still let rain penetrate at a very slow rate. If snow is expected I will cover with my greenhouse plastic to keep the weight off the plants. I keep them covered until frost dangers are over. Then I can repurpose the row cover for a really susceptable crop to pests like my squash.
     
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    Great idea. This is a take on winter sowing that I hadn't thought of!
     
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    Wow! So glad that I found this. Thanks so much
     
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    I love winter sowing! It’s a great option for hardy perennials! It lets the seeds naturally stratify (the coating on the seed cracks with the natural freeze/thaw cycles in winter). Other than that you need to look at your last frost date of the year in your zone. Then, 6 weeks before that date you can start seeds inside or inside a good greenhouse.


     
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  11. LisaN

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    OMG!! Just watched his video and now I want one. What an amazing gadget, now if only there was an Australian one![/QUOTE
     
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    A lot of times it will tell you on the back of seed packs when to sow indoors or if it is a direct planting. I bought one of those really small green houses with the plastic cover and put it in my dining room. Sort of tight but figure I could manage for a couple of months. I did find that using a heat mat did help the seeds germinate and if you get the seed starter kits with the plastic lids they are mini green houses you can sit anywhere.
     

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    Pamelambie,

    Any updates on what you have growing thus far?
     
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    I have been blessed this year. I have added two sugar maples, 2 cherries and 2 Hazel nut trees to my list of fruit trees. From the seeds started in my house I have cabbage, spinach, peas, carrots, bell peppers, 4 variety of tomato’s, lettuces and herbs. Will be setting Huckleberries, ground cherries, gooseberries and elderberries tomorrow.
    I also have two types of garlic, some shallots, purple and yellow onions.
     

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    I bought their app on Google Play for $1.09 AUD, very happy with it. I didn't know they had a site, I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Loved the pics. One day, I will add hazelnuts to my list....yum. I got some garlics and will put them in this weekend.
     
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    I have a book that is great.It is: The Kitchen Gardner by Alan Buckingham. It literally takes you month by month and tells you what to plant, what to start inside, when to harvest...
     

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