I don’t have a lot of space to start seeds in my home and the last frost date here is usually the first week of April.
So a few weeks ago I tried a little experiement and planted some seeds outdoors.
I planted Brussels Sprouts, red onion and Asparagus seeds thinking they may do better because they tolerate cold better than say tomatoes or peppers – but I may try this with tomatoes and peppers next year.
So I planted the seeds in little groups small enough to fit under either a cut-off 2 liter clear bottle or a semi-clear milk jug – both types cut off about halfway.
Once the seeds were planted, I covered the area with the cut-off bottle/jug (bottom up), to create a little greenhouse for the seeds. I put a medium sized rock on each one to weigh it down and hold in place in case there were high winds.
I labeled them, then forgot about them until last weekend when I peeked under the bottles.
To my surprise, the seeds sprouted!
Surprised because we’ve had several frosts in the 20’s (Farenheit) and snow one weekend that was a foot deep.
Now I wish I would have tried some warm weather crops.
But I will get out there this weekend and do a few of those. Not sure if we’ll get any more freezes, but it will still be a learning experience because it’s not necessarily warm outside.
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8 thoughts on “Start Seeds Earlier Than The Last Frost Outdoors”
Started off some carrots and lettuce life this, got so many in a pack that I thought a few small rows should work out and they did. Bit slow to start but they’re getting there! 🙂
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I’m going to do a lot more like this next season. Yes they are slower to start, but it saves space indoors, and it seems the plants that I started like this are hardier than the ones I started indoors.