I have started seeds for tomatoes,dill, cucumbers, and lettuce.
I did it in my house, in the kitchen. I have a rack and while the seeds
are just in very small paper cups it all takes insignificant space.
But I can see that in a 3-4 weeks or a month, there will be bigger
plants. Also I can see that by the end of October, beginning of
Novembere it could be late to plant these seedlings outside. Even in
South California. Correct? Usually we do not have temperature below
freezing in San Diego, but still it is pretty cold and I would expect,
plants will die. At least most of them.
So, I am thinking that I will transfer them to bigger containers, where
they can grow somewhere till end of January or February; whatever is
the time to plant in San Diego after winter.
I will see it when the seedlings will start to be sold in local Home
Depot. Then I guess, it is safe to plant outside.
So, here is my question. I do not think I will have enough place in my
kitchen or somewhere in the house to keep small pots with seedlings
during the winter in warm and lighted place.
Will it work if I puthem outside and just cover with plastic. Would it
be warm enough?
Any advice on how to do it cheap enough so I do not build any permanent
And also not to spend a lot of money and time?
<<> Any advice on how to do it cheap enough so I do not build anypermanent
Will it work if I put a container outside. Take a transparent plastic
bag fro supermarket groceries. Stick a wooden stick into container.
Cover with plastic the container. So it will form like a small house.
Tie it up on the bottom around container with rubber band?
Does it sound like a good idea?
Lettuce is a cool-season crop. You should be able to put these in the
ground, and harvest greens over the winter. Famers all over Southern
and Central California supply most of the United States' winter greens.
Toamtoes and cucumbers need the heat. You might keep the vines alive
indoors over the winter, or outdoors in a cold frame, but they will be
cranky and they may not make it. It would probably make sense for you
to start new plants about the first of February, with the intention of
putting them outdoors in March.
I've never grown dill, so I don't have any advice for you there.
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no they won't. In my experience, the only plants that truly suffer from
cold (mid 40s) but not freezing temps when they are young are: basil,
peppers, melons, okra, watermelons (eggplants and sweet potatoes
probably do suffer, but I never tried them). Once they are established,
however, they don't care. I just picked a pound of basil for frozen
pesto, and a few nights back it went down to 42. Lettuce is cold hardy
to below freezing and should not be planted indoors (it makes it, but
there is no reason to). I think dill should be planted outdoors as
Cukes and tomatoes may be set back some by a cold spell, resulting in a
crop delayed by 3 weeks or so, but you can avoid the clutter and the
problems of indoor growing by growing them eight at a time, two rounds,
totaling 16, which is a large number of tomatoes and cukes, and put
them out on an overcast day when the first set of leaves is well
established. You could consider surrounding them with Wall-o-Water, buy
half a dozen of them and see if it makes a difference for you. You may
get an earlier crop than without protection. You could also grow
Stupice tomatoes or County Fair cukes, which are some of the most
prized early/cold-hardy varieties (I have both). Your worries are
misplaced. Start experimenting, 3 or 4 varieties of toms (ultra-early,
main season, late) and a couple of cukes (early and main), and see
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