Frost dates info request and seed starting

sujiwan_gwMarch 4, 2006

Hey out there!

I'm getting the urge to gear up the grow light system.

Someone please help me with our frost dates for Maryland-I'm in Westminster, zone 6. Not warmer Baltimore which is what the usual online sources give... Someone close to me with some probable dates?

OK--tomato and pepper seed starting. Last year, I was too early. Do we count back from Mother's Day by 8 weeks for tomato seed starting? And 10 for peppers?

Does anyone start broccoli and other cruciferous veg right now under lights to put in the ground very early spring?

Thanks!

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cecilia_md7a(7a/Baltimore,MD)

Hi, sujiwan - Victory Seeds has a listing of frost dates for other cities in MD - perhaps Hagerstown's dates would be appropriate for you (they're Zone 6, too).

Here is a link that might be useful: Victory Seeds frost date listing

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 10:17AM
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watergal(z6/7 Westminster, MD)

Greetings from Westminster! I live near McDaniel College. I have seen published last frost dates anywhere between April 15 and May 15. I tend to be pretty conservative on my planting out dates, so I go with May 15. I figure if I put all that work into the seedlings, I'm sure not going to let them freeze to death!

Based on watching the blooming plants in Baltimore City, I'd say we are a good 2 to 3 weeks behind the downtown business district.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 8:23PM
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susanargus(z7 NoVA)

On weather.com, put in your zip code, then select "Month" and move forward to April. It will tell you the historical averages, mins, and maxes, for the dates not within a 20-day present spread.

On April 1, you can move to historicals for May.

This is as good or better for me that official frost dates, because I can decide how risky I want to be.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 2:13PM
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