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jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2014
6:44 PM

Post #9748098

So i have a batch of Short and Sweet, and Purple Haze carrot seed for this years veggie patch, along with Easter Egg radish, and Butterhead and Romaine lettuce. I live in zone 7A, so what would be the earliest time i could get away with direct sowing them outdoors, seeing as they are all typically cool weather loving plants. our typical weather for this time of year is high 30's, 40's to 50's with a rare 60's during the day, and nights range from mid to low 30's, 20's, and rarely teens. Or should i wait to see if another massive cold snap passes through first?

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2014
7:32 AM

Post #9750465

Let me see if I can find that chart forr you.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2014
7:46 AM

Post #9750472

Ok. Here in the forums there is our very own 'Gardening by the Moon'. In the 'Guides and Information' tab there is a place to enter your zone and get frost and unfreeze expectations for YOUR area of the world. As well, you might enjoy this link, http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/ hmm gotta fix it. Seeds should tell you when the earth is right temp to plant, but it isnt just one general time for those of us in Texas say, so many wont know how to tell you do this now.

This message was edited Jan 18, 2014 9:51 AM

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2014
7:55 AM

Post #9750479

My carrots were planted mid Oct and have survived tho small, the weather we've gotten. They did need a bit of warmth to sprout and get past the first leaves
jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2014
10:01 AM

Post #9750541

thanks, that moon gardening guide honestly had my head spinning, lol! i got far more out of the zone thing you mentioned. Was thinking for the cole crops i could push on the frost freeze dates was why i was asking just how early i could get by with direct sowing in my location.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2014
3:04 PM

Post #9750755

The moon gardening forum goes hand in hand with your Zone- - a zone 5 cant plant by a zone 10 chart, but plants benefit by being planted by the moon. The old folks didnt get so technical- root crops go in by the dark of the moon, above ground fruits are planted by the full moon...glad it helped. Many plants like a tomato needs 50* ground temp to grow. Enjoy!
cytf
Staten Island, NY

January 19, 2014
1:12 PM

Post #9751326

I sowed carrots once and thinned them out when they sprouted but they did not do well at all.The next time I made my own seed tapes and had great results.I researched seed tape making on line and that help me a lot.Here is the produce of chantey carrots.

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tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

January 21, 2014
9:54 AM

Post #9752657

Well my chart says mid April for zone 6 so your's should be a bit earlier.
organicNC
Colfax, NC

February 13, 2014
2:07 PM

Post #9768669

The chart for my area states to direct sow between feb 1st and march 15th

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