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When to start indoors, 6A?

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When to start indoors, 6A?

Post  igolfat8 on 2/25/2013, 1:05 pm

When do you suggest starting seeds indoors for zone 6A (Ohio)?
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Re: When to start indoors, 6A?

Post  quiltbea on 2/25/2013, 1:20 pm

Depends on your last frost date. I'm in 5a and even tho my last frost date is now near late May, I thought May 12th a good date. The last 2 yrs our LFD was very early in May. Many crops can go outdoors up to 5 weeks before that last frost. Based on Mar 12th as my LFD this year, my plan is made.
I've already started a few things indoors; leeks, arugula, spinach and this week more greens will be started. They'll be going into my covered A-frame when they are big enuf, if the snow is gone, so I take a chance on starting things a bit sooner.
Around here I won't start cabbage, broccoli and then cauliflower til later in March.
Its all a matter of reading the charts and checking the prior years temps and making a decision. I find Mel's sowing charts in his book extremely helpful in that regard. With SFG we use so few seeds to start that losing a few to making a wrong early choice won't matter.
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Post  camprn on 2/25/2013, 1:25 pm

@igolfat8 wrote:When do you suggest starting seeds indoors for zone 6A (Ohio)?

Plug in your zip code. Old Farmer's Almanac Best Seed Planting Dates <~~CLICK What a Face

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Re: When to start indoors, 6A?

Post  igolfat8 on 2/25/2013, 1:39 pm

Thanks for the reply folks. I was afraid I was too late. Phew...
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Re: When to start indoors, 6A?

Post  Coelli on 2/25/2013, 2:14 pm

Gotta love SoCal, some of my best planting dates are already over. Very Happy Thanks for that link!
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Re: When to start indoors, 6A?

Post  llama momma on 2/25/2013, 7:41 pm

@igolfat8 wrote:Thanks for the reply folks. I was afraid I was too late. Phew...

I'm in central Ohio. Today I was comparing the planting dates from the OSU master gardener manual to Mel's planting charts in his book. Happy to say its almost a perfect match if you use May 15th as the frost free date with central Ohio as your location. Spring planting dates will be about 2 weeks earlier for southern Ohio, and 2 weeks later for northern Ohio.
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Re: When to start indoors, 6A?

Post  floyd1440 on 2/26/2013, 6:55 pm

Hey camprn

Nice link..bookmarked it and will begin to add it to my excel spreadsheet.

Thanks!
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Here's another one my wife uses

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