year I started my own vegetable plants for the first time. I may
have planted some seeds too early because some seedlings turned into
out of control cucumber and tomato plants. When is the best time to
start vegetable seeds indoors?
Most people make the common mistake of planting vegetable seeds
indoors too early. The resulting transplants get too big and woody
by the time gardeners are ready to set them out in the garden, and
the plants do not adapt as well as less mature transplants.
As a rule of thumb, start your cool-season crops from mid- February
to early March. These are crops that grow best in cool weather, but
bolt to seed and/or get bitter during hot weather.
Start cole crops
such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage and kohlrabi
eight to nine weeks before you want to plant them out in the garden.
Start iceberg and romaine lettuce about four weeks before
transplanting them into the garden.