Starting Dates for Vegetables
|Vegetable or Crop||Indoor Seeding Date||Transplant into containers day
|Plant or Transplant to garden||Spacing
|Beans – Bush||May 24||18 – 20″||2″|
|Beets||May 15||20 – 24″||3″|
|Broccoli||April 20||5 days||May 20||24″||18″|
|Cabbage||April 20||5 days||May 20||24″||18″|
|Chinese Cabbage||May 25|
|Cucumbers||May 1||June 1|
|Lettuce||May 1||7 days||May 15||18″||12″|
|Onions||Feb 25||no days||May 15||18″||4″|
|Peppers||March 25||10 days||June 1||20″||16 – 18″|
|Egg Plant||March 25||10 days||June 1||20″||16 – 18″|
|Tomatoes – staked||April 8||June 1||24″||18″|
|Tomatoes – bush type||space||24″||26″|
|Radish||May 1||16″||1 – 2″|
A good germination temperature for all seeds is between 65 to 70°. After transplanting, plants should be grown at 60 to 65° indoors then gradually introduce them to outdoor temperatures before planting into the garden. Cucumbers and melon can be sprouted using the jar method. Transplant into 3 inch peat pots. Do not use pots or cans as they cannot stand to have their roots disturbed.
Tomatoes and Peppers can be started at an earlier date but should be put out into the garden after 55 days if indoor or cold frame growing. You must be prepared to protect against frost if they are planted out before June 1st.
Seed onions outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked.