Early planting question

From the latest tomato tips to sweetcorn calamities, share your experiences in the garden.
User avatar
Hook
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2923
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: A small one light town in central florida

Early planting question

Postby Hook » Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:40 pm

Let's say our average last frost is feb 12th. Let's also say that I'm an inpatient man :shock: and want to get some seeds in the ground that aren't expected to germinate until after the last average frost.
Is that a plan for failure or just have a back up plan of covering the seedlings if there is a late frost?
All hypothetical of course
0 x

User avatar
regolith
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2716
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:58 pm
Location: New Zealand

Re: Early planting question

Postby regolith » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:08 pm

Planning for failure, IME. Depends what the seeds are.

I have a large sunny window set aside for just this reason... not just weather, I suspect slugs get nearly all seeds I try putting directly in the ground.
Some parts of your garden might not frost - I don't mean the bits where it clears early because the sun hits it, I mean sheltered areas where the frost doesn't settle.
0 x
Stepping backwards and progress are not mutually exclusive

User avatar
M5farm
GURU
GURU
Posts: 5158
Joined: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:06 am
Location: Sunshine State

Re: Early planting question

Postby M5farm » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:41 pm

You can plant your potatoes first of February.
0 x
Move along, nothing to see here.

User avatar
Hook
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2923
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: A small one light town in central florida

Re: Early planting question

Postby Hook » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:51 pm

Taters have been in for a week.
Rego, the area where the garden is won't see frost unless we get down to near 35. And then it will burn off as soon as the sun gets up. So far the only frost has been on the elevated things. Roofs, cars Etc. The grass never even browned out
0 x

fenceman
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1778
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:38 pm
Location: Florence tx

Re: Early planting question

Postby fenceman » Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:27 pm

Being a impatient man i always plant early , and very often i have to replant that being said my best garden ever was planted 3 weeks before average last frost . that includes transplants i believe i had to cover plants a couple of nights but a mild early spring let garden get up early and beat the summer heat. Its a gamble i almost always take, replanting is not so bad.
0 x
You can all go to he//.
I'll go to Texas.
David Crockett

User avatar
MudHog
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 479
Joined: Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:07 pm
Location: New Iberia, LA
Contact:

Re: Early planting question

Postby MudHog » Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:57 pm

The only thing I direct sow early is Corn. I try to plant Corn mid-late Feb. Planting this early allows be to get my Corn crop over with and still time to plant something else before the Summer heat sets in. If I get a late frost, then I'm still early enough that I can replant as needed. As alot of people down here say: "Seeds are cheap, plant early".
0 x
"A vegetarian is a person who won't eat anything that can have children." - David Brenner

User avatar
ga.prime
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4221
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:24 am
Location: So. Cent. Ga.

Re: Early planting question

Postby ga.prime » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:33 am

Is the soil warm enough for germination? Seeds put in ground that is otherwise suitable for germination will rot within a week or two if the soil temp is too cold. I wouldn't be afraid to go ahead and plant snap beans, maybe take a chance on some corn, potatoes you already said will work, but most things I'd probably wait at least until the next full moon or a prolonged warm spell, whichever you prefer. I really don't like having to plant things twice or shield from frost.
0 x
where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

User avatar
Hook
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2923
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: A small one light town in central florida

Re: Early planting question

Postby Hook » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:55 am

Gp we're getting highs in the 80's. Avg of mid 70's. The soil temp should be good especially with the dark soil absorbing the heat. Yesterday the high was low 60's tho.
0 x

User avatar
ga.prime
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4221
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:24 am
Location: So. Cent. Ga.

Re: Early planting question

Postby ga.prime » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:07 am

That's warm enough for about anything. Been staying cold as the dickens here. I'll probably plant potatoes and snap beans next week.
0 x
where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

User avatar
Hook
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2923
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: A small one light town in central florida

Re: Early planting question

Postby Hook » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:26 am

That's what I was thinking. We put the squash, radishes, beans, okra, mater starters, pepper starters, cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce, and onions in 2 days ago.
Thanks for the advice everyone.
0 x

User avatar
Hook
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2923
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: A small one light town in central florida

Re: Early planting question

Postby Hook » Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:03 pm

Covering plants tonight. Rolled the dice and now paying the house
0 x


Return to “Gardening”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest