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Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1st: Time to Start Cool Weather Seeds Indoors

You can check my Knol on cool weather crops or do a search for cool weather vegetables above.
Now is the time to start the following seeds indoors, in the Maryland area. Remember cool weather crops not only like, well cool weather, the can take some light frost.

Root crops have to go in the ground. That is carrots, radishes, beets, onion sets and turnips should be planted in the ground. Transplanting them from seed trays isn't effective.

Peas should be planted directly in the ground, although if the seed tray is larger, they can do well as a transplant. They need to be in trays that are at least 3 inches wide.

The following seeds can be started in your standard 9 section cello tray.

Lettuces
Collard Greens
Cabbages
Chard
Oregano
Parsley
Basil (though they don't like the cold)
Chives
Broccoli
Kohlrabi
and finally any other greens

You can do this on a south facing windowsil.