When should I start my pepper & tomato seeds?
I am trying to learn when I must start the seeds indoors for placement into the ground I believe mid May, that's past the frost date for Zone 6. I usually buy the big plants thinking they will produce faster, which I beleive is a myth. For 2010 I want to try to grow the pepper and tomato plants myself from seeds.
This info taken from the seed packet of Early Girl Tomato:
Days to Germination 7 - 10
Days to Harvest 52 - 52
Assuming I would like to harvest my first early girl tomato on July 1st I have to put the started plants into the ground on or by May 22nd right? Ok that's the easy part.
Now...it gets tricky so hold on to your gardening hats....Q: How mature must the seedling plant be before I could place it into the ground mid May? In other words, during which month should i start my tomato seedlings indoors? Or my pepper seeds for that matter?
I dont understand WHEN to start any of my seedlings for my 3 types of peppers or my 4 kinds of tomatoes. It's my first year to try to grow seeds for these plants.
Can someone please help me with this part?