Starting vegetable seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the average last spring frost is the tip for growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and cabbages.
A good rule of thumb from our late master gardener volunteer Tony Salerno is to sow tomato seeds April 15, that way they are not too leggy by the time of transplanting outdoors (end of May, beginning of June).
Plant peppers, eggplants and cabbage around April 1. Cucumbers, melon and squash should be planted 3 weeks before transplanting after frost. A shorter time grown indoors reduces seedling shock when they are planted outdoors.
For information on starting seeds, check out the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County website at cceoneida.com. Click on Home and Garden, gardening fact sheets. Under the fact sheets listed at left, click gardening practices and then scroll down to find the fact sheet on Starting Seeds Indoors.
For more information, contact the Horticulture Hot Line on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at (315) 736-3394.
Holly Wise, Consumer Horticulture Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County.
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