So...when is the best time to sow your seeds for best results?
Well...there is no straight and simple answer...sorry for that :)
Every vegetable will be a bit different depending on its heat requirement and speed of growth. The right time for sowing indoors also depends on your average last frost date. You can find your last frost date by googling: ‘last frost date + your area’.
Now you have to know how many days before that date you have to sow your seeds for best results. This will vary depending on the vegetables you want to grow. A tomato plant, for example, should be sown 49 days before your last frost date. You plant them outdoors two weeks after the last frost date. So if your last frost date is April 20th you would sow your tomato seeds around the March 2nd and plant the seedlings outdoors around May 4th. This way you will have vigorous and healthy seedlings that get established quickly.
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There Is No Point In Sowing Too Late!
Vegetable plants need a certain time to reach maturity and produce a crop. If you sow too late...you won’t be harvesting much! The weather will get colder, temperatures drop off at night and days get shorter. There is no point in sowing tomatoes in July and expect them to produce a crop by the end of September.
Each vegetable has its optimum time for sowing so read the back of the seed packet for recommendations. Some vegetables like cooler spring or fall weather like e.g. spinach...and others love the summer heat. Timing is everything!
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