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time to start?

Posted by terryincs z5 IL (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 19, 13 at 19:00

do you think we will have the early spring we had last year? if so, what are the first things to start from seed, and when? i don't think it will be as early but am sorting thru seeds and making lists. i know i have started seed too early in previous years and got leggy seedlings. i'm trying to organize better this year. what are the earliest things to start (northern illinois). coleus, snapdragons, petunias, what vegies? i am still new to this area, coming from colorado.

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RE: time to start?

Petunias would be first on your list and I'd start them next week, coleus maybe a week or two later. What veggies? Tomatoes and green peppers would be around March 24.


RE: time to start?

started my snaps, cpleus, eggplants, peppers, basil, parsley. going to start tomatoes soon. very tiny seedling up and under lights. am trying micro-greens for salad and they are just about ready to harvest and start again. growing radish, broc, alfalfa, sprouting mix.

RE: time to start?

This time of year everyone is "biting at the bit" to get out in the garden and start planting; I know I am. But be careful. it may seem unseasonably warm right now, but that doesn't mean there can't be a late frost. A great resource to follow is the NOAA frost date finder. (See the link below.) Just select your state from the list and a PDF document will open. You will see the numbers 90, 50, and 10 in big bold numbers at the top of the list. For example in Kingman, KS there is a 10% chance of frost on May 10th.
But if you really have to plant some of your garden now, the best vegetable plants that are more resistant to frost are broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, spinach, turnips, leeks, sorrel, potatoes, and rhubarb.
The best flowering plants are Corn Flower, Ornamental Cabbage, Pansies, Primrose, and Violets.

Here is a link that might be useful: NOAA Frost Dates Finder

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