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    Default When to start

    I want to get the most out of my veggie plants. I was wondering from seeds when do you start (indoors)?
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    Start those seeds now! The tomatoes and peppers I sprouted several weeks ago and are about 2 to 3 inches tall. Yesterday I transplanted 48 assorted brassica that I started last week into the next sized containers. Almost time now to start the rest of the garden seeds like cucumbers and squash and some lettuce. Then I can work on starting a few more cabbage and cauliflower for a second harvest as well as some flowers. The bay window is filling up fast.

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    ya you should have started a month ago, but its not to late. youll just have a late tomato harvest

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    thanks... I will get on it tonight..
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    I started all mine last week. So you will be fine if you get them going now. I have always started mine the first week of april and had good luck
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    Tracy and I are about a week behind, we'll be starting today.
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    Does everyone here start from seeds or buy plants already started.
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    i start from seeds since im a cheap ass

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    Default Most are seeds

    I have cheated on maters before but it is just a pleasure to grow them from the seed to having them for snacks. My wife still is amazed that mr alaska outdoor fisherman, hunter, construction worker me, loves to piddle around in the garden. I find with all the stress from work and life that the garden after work keeps me sane untill I can hit the water or the woods
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    We start from seeds as well, I do some cloning for African violets and a couple other flowers though.
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    To start from seeds; In a hot bed or greenhouse , Presidents Day is always a good day to begin.
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    Seeds are planted....
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    Woo Hoo God job gray. My radish's and lettuce are about 2 inchs high now and my peas and carrotts are about an inch
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    Planted carrots, beans, herbs, and lettuce
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    Wow, you guys must live in the tropics! Or are you growing things in a heated greenhouse?

    I will be growing everything in little pots in the bay window for another 6 weeks until I can actually plant things outside in the ground around June 1st.
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    One of the extra rooms in my house has a couple of huge southwest facing windows. I built some shelves in there and that is where i start all my plants. Gets great afternoon sun, nice and toasty, and the veggies have always started and done well from this room. Im not gonna mess with my good luck
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    Ok gotcha on the spare room. Do you use that for just starting the plants or do they grow in there all season? I have never pre-started root crops like carrots, turnips or even radishes before...how does that work out? Do you transplant into an outside garden later?

    Nice to have all that room for plants, your very lucky. My bay window is big, but not that big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Grandma View Post
    Ok gotcha on the spare room. Do you use that for just starting the plants or do they grow in there all season? I have never pre-started root crops like carrots, turnips or even radishes before...how does that work out? Do you transplant into an outside garden later?

    Nice to have all that room for plants, your very lucky. My bay window is big, but not that big.

    Lori

    I just use the room to start my plants. As far as working out it has been just great. I usually start 4 seeds in each little square as you do get loss but my loss at transplant has been so very very minimal. 4 seeds per square for like carrotts and radish. My snap peas i do 2 seeds, lettuce 2, squash 2. Believe me I have no scientific method. It is just the way i did it the first time and it works. I'd bet 95% of my root crops survive transplant. I transplant them out a bit early last year and got lucky. I did it around the 1st week of may. I dont think im even gonna get close to that this year though. When I transplant i just cut the space open and remove the dirt/root ball and sort of gently (I am a guy) seperate the roots that are tangled up. I then space and plant them according to the instructions on the packages. I could kill just about everything if I think about it. Im might be 42 now but by reading I have learned the instructions goes a long way.
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    Default one last question...

    Thanks alaskachuck for all the info. Now that I have most of the garden and greenhouse plants started and well on their way I will have to try starting a few of the root crop seeds to later transplant into the garden for an early harvest.

    One last question: what size "square" starting tray or container do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Grandma View Post
    Thanks alaskachuck for all the info. Now that I have most of the garden and greenhouse plants started and well on their way I will have to try starting a few of the root crop seeds to later transplant into the garden for an early harvest.

    One last question: what size "square" starting tray or container do you use?

    Thanks again,
    Grandma Lori
    There just the small cheap 2x2 ones. I picked them up at wally word for about 2.99. 10 to a tray and 5 to a package. Dirt cheap no pum intended
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