The new vegetable gardening season is here! Though it may be a bit wet and stormy to get out and plant the new starts, parsley and peas are here and ready to go, whenever you are ready to brave the weather. Now is the ideal time to start your own transplants inside, from seed. It is important to consider when you are actually ready – and able – to put them in the garden. Some, such as tomatoes and peppers, can easily be potted up a size or two before transplanting. Others, such as the cole crops, resent handling almost as much as they do being left in the tray too long.
Some seeding suggestions for late January to early February:
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Kale: can be planted as early as mid March, and are ready to plant out in about 6 weeks
Onions and leeks: Can be planted early April or later, and are ready to plant in 8 to 10 weeks
And some to start late February to early March:
Lettuce: Can be planted out by the end of March, and is usually ready in 4 to 5 weeks
Peppers: Wait to plant them until very late May at the earliest; ready to plant in 10 to 12 weeks, and can be held or potted up
Tomatoes: like peppers, wait until after frost to plant out; ready to plant in 6 to 8 weeks, and can be held or potted up.