One lesson nature has taught me over the years is not to be in too much of a rush. I’ve had more failures and seen others have more failures by starting too early than starting late. It’s OK for the show growers, who are aiming to have their crops ready for shows and start off in climate-controlled greenhouses with banks of artificial lighting. Us mortal growers need to wait until the seasons and conditions are right. Of course, greenhouses, cold frames and heated propagators have their place but you use them to steal a few weeks on nature not months. There’s a sowing/harvesting sowing/harvesting chart on the web site that may be helpful to you. Don’t forget to adjust for where you are.

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written by John Harrison