Sowing Seeds In Late Summer/Early Fall…Preparing For Winter
“Dont judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”-Robert Louis Stevenson
If you grow in a greenhouse… or even if you have an outdoor garden threatened by winter snow, you should be sowing seeds for your winter crops.
If you sow in late August to early September*, your seeds will germinate and grow into well established plants by November, before the snow really starts to fly.
*Climate Change reality: October is the new September. There is still time to sow for winter… if you get started now.*
Watch this video Sowing Seeds for Your Winter Crop to learn what seeds to sow… and how to effectively sow them, whether you are growing inside or out.
First, if you live in a mild climate, you might be able to harvest some plants throughout the winter. You can protect them with straw or row covers.
If you are unable to harvest, at least you will have established plants when the snow melts, and a significant head start on your spring planting… and spring eating.
Second, if you’re contemplating getting a Growing Dome® this fall, the key is to start sowing seeds in flats now.
By the time you install and prepare your Growing Dome with soil, your plants will be up and ready to transplant into your new indoor beds. Get started now and have fresh greens and produce all winter long.
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With your custom quote in hand, come back here and find your Starting and Transplanting Vegetable Guide below.
Starting and Transplanting Vegetable Crops
Easily survive transplanting – can be sown in flats or pots.
- Brussels Sprouts
- Peppers – must be transplanted in CO
- Tomatoes – must be transplanted in CO
- Eggplant – must be transplanted in CO
Require care in transplanting – can be sown in flats, pots, or in final destination.
- Watermelon (does better than other melons generally)
- Celery – requires care in transplant, but recommend transplanting in CO due to long season growing needs (very slow growing).
- Leeks – ok to transplant, but require care. ~95 days to maturity after transplant, 125 after direct seeding. Transplant starts when leeks are about pencil thick. Leeks need to be hilled or mounded during growth.
Difficult to transplant – only sow in final destination.
- All root crops
- Cucumbers – especially susceptible to transplant shock
- Cantaloupe and other melons – especially susceptible to transplant shock
- Squash and pumpkins – especially susceptible to transplant shock
We hope you find this information helpful.
Look out for our next blog post and video on thinning and transplanting.