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When To Start Vegetable Seeds Indoors

Written by Hilary on January 19th, 2010

Many gardeners like to get a start on their spring garden by sowing seeds indoors. This is great, but if you start them too early, you can hurt your chances of success.

Since most people don’t have enough (or adequate) lighting, the seedlings tend to get spindly and weak before it’s time to transplant them into the garden.

So, make sure you don’t start your vegetable seeds too early. Remember, smaller plants tend to transplant into the garden really well, so there is no pressing need to grow large transplants.

Here are some guidelines to help you figure out how many weeks you need to allow between starting vegetable seeds and transplanting them into the garden so you’ll know when to start vegetable seeds indoors.

Vegetable & Weeks to Transplant Time:

Broccoli – 4 to 5
Brussels sprouts – 4 to 5
Cabbage – 4 to 5
Cauliflower – 4
Celery – 10
Chinese cabbage – 3 to 4
Cucumbers – 3 to 4
Eggplant – 6 to 7
Leeks – 8
Lettuce – 3 to 4
Melons – 3 to 4
Peppers – 7 to 8
Pumpkins – 3
Squash – 3
Tomatoes – 4 to 5

Next week, we’ll discuss starting flower seeds.

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Have great week!

 

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