Jumpstart a Spring Garden by Growing Transplants Indoors

By Frank Watson, UGA Extension

Monday, February 6th, 2012

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Frank Watson discusses how to jumpstart a spring garden by growing transplants indoors.

Many people prefer to grow their own transplants.  It's easy to do and enjoyable.  Most seed stores stock only the transplant varieties that are most popular.  In order to try new varieties you will have to produce them yourself and orders for seed would need to be placed right now.

Tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, collards, cabbage and onions are usually started from transplants.  If you want watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, squash and other vegetables to yield earlier, you can also start them indoors.

Most transplants take about 4 – 6 weeks to get ready for planting.  Therefore, you’ll probably want to plant them between the middle of February and the first of March.  For summer vegetables, you need to wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting.  There is a very good publication on Home Garden Transplants available thru your local Extension office.

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