Get Ready – Get Set….


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As it is now the middle portion of February and even though there was a light snowfall overnight, now is the time to get some early starts a growing. This is true especially if you live in Zones 6 or 7. I reside in south western Missouri and so exist right in the middle of Hardness Zone 6. Good seeds to start at this time would be anything in the lettuce crops (daisy family) which includes; butter heads, crisp head, loose leaf and romaine. Other good candidates include Cole crops (mustard family) as in; broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, and kohlrabi. All of these guys can be started indoors now for transplanting out sometime in March. The graph at right shows the actual highs and lows I experienced in Forsyth Missouri last year in the month of March. As you can see, this is good weather for plants that do not mind the cold. I generally like to start a tray of ten lettuce plants about once a week to insure continuous production throughout the spring. Towards the end of this month, I plan to start a tray each of broccoli and kohlrabi. All these plants will receive approximately fourteen hours of light per day for two weeks and then will be introduced to a little sunlight. By mid March they will be ready for the cold frame. That’s the plan anyway.

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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1 Response to Get Ready – Get Set….

  1. watcat says:

    Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

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