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Seed Starting 2010

Colorado has a fairly short growing season, so many of the plants that would normally be started outdoors after danger of last spring frost I chose to start indoors. Getting the timing right is always a challenge. If you start too soon, plants will tend to be leggy and will have a hard time adjusting to the outdoors. If you start too late, you may not get your crop yield in time before the fall frosts.

I tend to buy all my tomato plants for this reason. Even though I’ve had success growing from seed, I like to have harvest my tomatoes as soon as possible to enjoy them.

Colorado Last Frost Date: May 15

The vegetables I’ve had most luck starting indoors are peppers. I like to grow them not only in the garden, but this year I’ve chosen peppers I think will add a nice flare to my front bed. This will be the first year I have tried lettuce. I will be planting it outdoors at the beginning of April, and will purchase a movable cold frame to protect them if we expect a heavy frost.

Seeds started Indoors

Medium: peat pellets

Under shop lights outfitted with grow lights, and heat trays.

Planted: 3/13/2010

1. Hollyhock – Nigra germination expected 14-21 days: 2 of 6 sprouted in 3 days, moving 3 to pots 3/19. 1 died.
2. Sunflower – Lemon Chiffon germination expected 7-14 days: 5 of 6 sprouted in 3 days, moving 4 to pots 3/19
3. Pepper – Sante Fe Grande germination expected 10-20 days: 3 of 6 3/19, 3 moved to pots 3/23.
4. Poppy – Oriental Red germination expected 12 days: 2 of 6 3/19, 2 moved to pots 4/3.
5. Snow in Summer germination expected 8-10 days:2 of 6 3/19, 2 moved to pots 4/3.
6. Thyme – Creeping germination expected 14-21 days: some sprouts in 3 days. 2 moved to pots 4/3.
7. Pepper – Jalapeno germination expected 10-20 days, 4 moved to pots 3/19
8. Rosemary germination expected 15-25 days, 1 moved to pots 4/3.
9. Huechera – Palace Purple germination expected 15-20 days, 2 moved to pots 4/3.
10. Poppy – Iceland germination expected 7-14 days: Many 3/19, 3 moved to pots 4/3.
11. Phlox – Night germination expected 8-10 days: Few 3/19, 2 moved to pots 4/3.
12. Columbine – McKana’s Giant germination expected ?? days, 3 moved to pots 4/3.
13. Sweet Pea – Multiflora mix germination expected 8-10 days.  2 in 3 days. 3 moved to pots 3/23, 2 moved to pots 4/3.
14. Morning Glory – Picotee Blue germination expected 10-15 days. Knicked first, left in fridge for 1 day in bowl of water to break hard shell. 4 in 3 days. Moved 3 to pots 3/19.

Planted Indoors 3/19/2010
15. Poblano Pepper germination expected 10-20 days. 2 of 4 germinated. Moved to pots 4/3.

Planted Indoors 4/3/2010
16. Basil – Dark Opal germination expected 14-21 days
17. Mammoth Sunflower germination expected 14-21 days
18. Oregano -Vulgare germination expected 8-14 days
19. Crookneck Summer Squash germination expected 10-14 days
20. Poppy. P. Carneum germination expected 10-20 days
21. Dianthus – Arctic Fire germination expected 14-21 days
22. Agastache – Pink Pop germination expected 14-21 days

Seeds to be started outside

APRIL 2nd Week

1. Lettuce – Grand Rapids germination 7-10 days, harvest 45, sow in two week intervals.
2.  Lettuce – Buttercrunch germination 7-14 days, harvest 55-60, sow in two week intervals.
3.  Radish – Champion germination 4-7 days, harvest 28 day, sow every 10 days.
4. Marigold – Queen Sophia germination 7-14 days.

May 1st Week
1. Lettuce – Grand Rapids germination 7-10 days, harvest 45, sow in two week intervals.
2.  Lettuce – Buttercrunch germination 7-14 days, harvest 55-60, sow in two week intervals.
3.  Radish – Champion germination 4-7 days, harvest 28 day, sow every 10 days.
4. Sunflower – Mammoth germination 14-21 days, harvest 75-90, space 18-24″.

May 3rd Week

1. Dianthus -Arctic Fire germination expected 14-21 days
2. Summer Squash – Golden crookneck germination expected 10-14 days,harvest 53 days, 36″ apart.
3. Marigold – French Dwarf germination expected 10-14 days.

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