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Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

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Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

Post  jymarino on 3/30/2011, 11:15 am

I know our last frost date is not until around April 15 but I am wondering what I start growing now. Some of the things I want to grow are:

Tomatos
Sugar snap beans
Lettuce
Spinach
Broccoli
Cucumber
Zucchini
Summer squash
Hot peppers
Green beans
Potatos
Strawberries
Green Peppers
Red Peppers
Yellow Peppers


I can't recall what else right now. I know some of these are colder weather veggies/fruits but I can't recall which ones right now. Also, some I'll buy a plant to start with but are there any that it isn't too late to start from seed? As alway I appreciate the help!

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Re: Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

Post  ModernDayBetty on 3/30/2011, 11:49 am

Farmers Almanac should help.
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Re: Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/30/2011, 12:03 pm

I am getting ready to update my garden with a new thread. I will make sure to take your question in mind. I will lay things out in detail for you.

But, in short, YES! As long as you have a little frost protection with the winter/spring we are having....yes, yes, and more yes.

ps....another great thing about getting the book, the planting chart in the appendices will blow your mind! I almost guarantee you will say, "Holy cow!! It's all right here!!"
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Re: Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

Post  Squat_Johnson on 3/30/2011, 12:15 pm

I am in KY, close to the same zone. The only one that is really late, would be broccoli. It will "bolt" when it gets too hot.

If you have seeds already, I would plant them directly in the ground for the cool weather crops on your list:

Sugar snap beans
Lettuce
Spinach
Broccoli (might be a little late, transplants?)

I planted these last week. Good timing for these
Potatos
Strawberries

After frost date plant directly
Cucumber
Zucchini
Summer squash
Green beans

You can plant these directly, but they are slow growing. Consider transplants for these:
Hot peppers
Green Peppers
Red Peppers
Yellow Peppers
Tomatos

Good Luck!
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Re: Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

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Re: Can Istart planting yet in St Louis??

Post  jymarino on 4/7/2011, 11:05 pm

Just to reiterate, planting directly means to plant seeds correct? I often go with transplants, but since I am planning to plant this weekend I would like to start some seeds instead.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/7/2011, 11:36 pm

@jymarino wrote:Just to reiterate, planting directly means to plant seeds correct? I often go with transplants, but since I am planning to plant this weekend I would like to start some seeds instead.

Yes. Just take your finger, divide your square into littler squares (4, 9, or 16) and once you see those, poke your finger in there to make a hole. Take a pinch of seeds (2 or 3) and just drop them in the hole. Once the entire square is planted, cover the holes up by smoothing the MM around with your hands. Water well, and you're done....with that square...lol.

Try to plant at the depth mentioned on the package. But, don't panic over it. MM is so loose and friable, you can't plant too deep....Mel says so himself. Those seeds have virtually no resistance to pop through.
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