here in NW CT, we have had a lovely stretch of warm, almost hot weather, which makes me want to seed cool weather crops like parsnips, beets, parsley, brussel sprouts etc. because my garden soil has warmed and dried out so beautifully. I am pretty certain it will be cold and wet again, even snow would not surprise. Am I wasting my time and the seeds to get them in so early?
I hear you! I wanted to sow seeds all this last week here, too. Spinach and peas no problem, and then I wait a week or two for the rest of the things, but technically kale (for instance) can germinate at a 40-degree soil temp, as will its cousin Brussels sprouts, and as can lettuce…meaning they aren’t going to perish if sown outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked. In fact, they will often sprout from a fall sowing, even.
I am going to wait until April 1 but am not sure why :) …and many of the references for my area say 4/15 officially. Or maybe I will just walk outside now and go for it. Feeling game?
interesting…and thanks for your comments. I share your enthusiasm. Why does it stick in my brain that lettuce needs 70 degrees to germinate
need to check on my brain I guess:)
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.