Growing vegetables from seed

gardenerprer(9a Phoenix)November 29, 2012


I am new to this and planning on growing lettuce, Spinach, carrots, cilantro from seeds during this time. I am from Phoenix so its not that cold here right now. Can I grow them directly outside in the vegetable raised garden bed or would I have to start them indoor? It is upper 70s in day and lower 50s in nights.
Thank you for any inputs.

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jimster(z7a MA)

I encourage you to direct seed most of your vegetables. I only start a few indoors, such as tomatoes and peppers.

I have no experience gardening in your climate but the temperatures seem about right.


    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 3:35PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

The vegetables/herbs you list grow better direct sown than transplanted. All three have a tendency to bolt unless either direct sown or transplanted at a very early stage. Your temps would be mid summer in my climate. Plenty warm enough for the items you list.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 3:59PM
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What you just mentioned I would grow directly in the garden. Check out some of the Maricopa County calenders for planting dates but right now is perfect timing.
There is plenty of other things you could plant, too if you'd like. Chard, kale and collards last a lot loger than spinach when the heat of the spring hits. Beets do really well in our high pH and you can eat the greens like chard. We eat stir fried chard with eggs for breakfast most mornings.
Mustards and lettuce do great right now. Stir fry mixes also do well, as do peas. If you've never tried garden fresh peas you're in for a treat.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 11:09AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Chard is a terrific vegetable to grow. It is productive, foolproof and delicious. As Tracy says, it can tolerate much more heat than spinach.


    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 1:48PM
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