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Friday, April 9, 2010

Jump Start Zukes, Cukes and Squashes.

Looks like April is fooling us. Don't count out a day or two of light frost. Make sure you have a plan for protecting your tomatoes and peppers if you planted.

As for your zucchini, squashes and cucumbers... you can get a jump start now. Fill up 8 oz to 12 oz cups or containers with a good quality soil. Make sure there are holes in the bottom for drainage. Damp soil will kill the seeds. Drop one seed 1/2 inch depth or so into the center of the cup and sit them outside.

By the time mid May arrives and the warm days are here to stay, you'll have a good 2 - 3 weeks jump. You can transplant them right to your garden as soon as frost is gone for the spring. This will lead to a quicker yield.

If there is a light frost before germination don't worry about it. If the plants are up and leaved, you'll have to cover them our bring them in if it's a night of frost.

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