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direct sowing summer veggies?

Posted by kawaiineko_gardener 5a ( on
Mon, Nov 14, 11 at 15:11

Where I live, due to being so far north, and the short growing season, you have to start hot weather crops indoors as transplants or you won't get a harvest.

Since the south has a mild climate, is it possible to direct sow outdoors with hot weather crops, and will you still get a harvest?

Or, if you direct-sow hot weather crops outdoors, will you not get a harvest from them in time?

The crops I'm referring to are...

NOTE: Some of the things listed are things that would typically be grown via direct sowing anyway, since they don't transplant well. They're just there for a reference.


beans (edamame which is a green soybean, green beans; asian beans such as yard long)

yellow (a.k.a. summer) squash

melons (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, as well as some
more 'exotic' varieties)

tomatoes (slicers, paste, and cherry)
peppers (sweet and hot; 'hot'....serrano, jalapeno, etc.)

winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.)
eggplants (thai, globe, and the long Chinese variety)

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RE: direct sowing summer veggies?

Yes to all but the tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers because they take a long time to grow from seed and we usually can't/shouldn't grow them in the hottest part of summer.

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