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Seed starts in July and August - Inside or Out?

Posted by whatisrice North Texas (My Page) on
Sat, May 12, 12 at 13:19

Hi all,

I'm planning ahead, and my garden calendar is telling me that in July and August, there are certain Fall veggies that I need to get started under cover before transplanting when it cools off in September and October.

I'm in North Texas, and it gets hot in July and August. And by hot, I mean real hot. Last year we have 40 days of 105+ degrees in a row.

So my question is, do I have to do these seed starts inside my house, where it's cool? Or can I keep them in the shade outdoors? I don't have a lot of good windows in the house, and I don't really have any place to put them; so my preference would be to have my seed starts outdoors.

Any thoughts? Will it be too hot for Fall veggie seed starts?


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RE: Seed starts in July and August - Inside or Out?

All depends on what vegetables you are talking about. Leafy greens and cCole crops like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli etc. will do much better inside. They will just bolt otherwise.

Tomatoes would do alright outside in shade.


RE: Seed starts in July and August - Inside or Out?

Here I am a grower of ornamentals and start lots of seeds, mostly perennials and biennials outdoors in the summer. I have a plastic covered area 10x20 feet open on both ends, mostly shaded by tall trees. The summer temperatures are just about right and the fluctuating day/night temperatures actually seem to help the germination. The seeds are kept plastic covered to maintain moisture until germination, when the plastic is then removed. Al

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