Seed starting advice
Posted March 21, 2011 - 09:33 PM
I have two paste tomato seeds. (LaRoma II, and Opaka)
These will be started 8 weeks prior to last frost (May 17th) I plan to plant on May 31st.
Now, I am curious about the best way to start the rest, for example... I have some pepper seeds (Tangerine Dream from Burpee) They list 8 week prior to planting. I plan to do these also on the 31st, and start them 2 weeks after the tomato seeds.
The purple tomatillo seeds say 6 weeks prior. (again, plant 2 weeks after last frost? Or maybe earlier?)
My lettuce will be in a very large planter (like 36" diameter) I am thinking that I will start these pretty soon in my garage? Or how early could I put them outside in a black pot?
My butternut say to ground seed, but I could of used some more growing time last year. How soon could I start these?
I have some pumpkin that say's you can start them 4-6 weeks, would this work well for the butternut?
Now for something new, I am putting in a good size herb bed. For now, I have these:
Rosemary (8 weeks prior)
Chives (6 weeks prior)
Parsley (thin @ 1" - 2")
Oregano (emerge 10-21 days)
Basil (three types) (emerge 5- 10 & 7-14 days)
Cilantro (emerge 14-21 days)
So there we have it.... This is what I want to start from seed, but I am curious as to any hints for how much to stagger them. I should also mention, the peppers are going in one of those 36" black planter pots too. I "may" use my third one for the herbs if my extra raised bed's are not done in tyme.
In addition to this stuff, I have some ornamental corn that I may place a little patch around the squash, and bush beans... LOT'S of beans! Somewhere around 600 feet or so.
IF I get my 24" raised bed placed along one 50' fence row, I would love to transplant my rhubarb to it, maybe some okra, carrots, a better lettuce bed, cukes... and who knows what. With these beds, I plan to make some full cage boxes to sit over them. That will protect things like the lettuce. Anyway, any input would be great!
Posted March 22, 2011 - 08:37 AM
You seem to have a handle on the tomatoes.
The bush beans I plant as soon as the ground is workable.
Your ornamental corn, squash and beans(pole I think) makes me think of an ancient Native American practice you might want to try.
I never have, but think if it has worked for centuries it would be worth a try.
Do a google search for "Three Sisters Garden" and see what you think.
Posted March 22, 2011 - 03:14 PM
Posted March 22, 2011 - 05:04 PM
Tomato's = 1-2 weeks after last frost. My plant date is 5-29-11, and seed start is 4-3-11.
Pepper = 4-3 weeks after (plant date 5-29, sow 4-3)
Squash = 2 weeks after (plant date 5-29, sow 5-1)
Lettuce = 3-4 weeks before (plant date 4-14, sow 3-20)
Corn = 0-2 weeks after (plant date 5-15 , direct seed)
Pumpkin = 2 after (plant 5-29, sow 5-1)
Beans = 2 weeks after (plant 5-29, direct seed)
Tomatillo = 1 after (plant 5-22, sow 4-3)
Carrots = 4 week after (plant 4-17, sow 3-13)
Cucumber = 2 after (plant 5-29, sow 5-1)
Rosemary = 1 after (plant 5-22, sow 3-27)
Chives = 1 after (plant 5-22, sow 3-27)
Parsley = 2-3 before (plant 4-17, sow 2-27) <=WOW!
Oregano = 1 after (plant 5-22, sow 3-27)
Basil = 1 after (plant 5-22, sow 4-10)
Cilantro = 0-2 after (plant 5-22, direct seed)
Tyme = 2 before (plant 5-1, sow 3-6)
Sage = 1 before (plant 5-8, sow 3-13)
So there is a nice list, more so if you are in zone 5 with me! I was very shocked at how long the herbs tend to need to grow indoors! Some were 9-10 weeks even! My parsley should of been started a month ago!
Sorry I did not keep how many weeks the sow date was, but a search on google will bring the info up.