When to start??

suznjn(z5 MA)February 3, 2014

It may be snowing outside, but I'm itching to play in the dirt! I have my indoor lighted greenhouse all set up in my full southern facing windows and I'm ready to go! One question - is it too early to start my tomatoes, peppers and herbs? I started my herbs this time last year and they did great, but I've never started toms or peppers before. Could I start them this week or wait until the end of the month? I'm located in the Berkshires.

This post was edited by suznjn on Mon, Feb 3, 14 at 15:48

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IME, peppers take longer to get going than tomatoes. I wouldn't start peppers before the end of February and might wait until the middle of March. Tomatoes I started 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date. I'm a bit colder than you, but probably not much.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 6:07PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

If you have lights, you can definitely start peppers now. They grow slowly enough that they won't get away from your.

Tomatoes are a totally different matter. Those I'd wait until the recommended 6-8 weeks before frost. That is around the end of March, beginning of April.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 6:25PM
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Persimmons(6b Southern Mass)

I use the dates on the back of the seed packets and count back the weeks with a calendar.

The frost date last year was weird. It was supposed to the last week of April, but we had a slight frost overnight the first week of May.

This year I'm using April 28 as the frost date to count back from.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 2:39PM
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tree_oracle(z6b MA)

I always start my onions in January. It's still a bit early for most crops though especially tomatoes. I would wait another month. Most veggies will get leggy before they can be transplanted if you start them now.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 3:08PM
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