Pkt plants=how many row feet
or hills our smallest packet will plant
T=transplanted only, in our
No=not necessary to thin
* Celery and some varieties of eggplant require fluctuating
day and night temperatures for good germination.
VT=very tender: will not survive
frost, can be damaged by temperatures under 40°
T=tender: will not survive frost
MH=moderately hardy: survives
H=hardy: survives frost generally
to the low twenties
VH=very hardy: will winter over
Approximate planting date
ASAP=as soon as ground can be
worked, does not thrive in heat
Approximate planting dates are for our Central Maine climate.
Please make appropriate adjustments for your climate, using
hardiness as a guide.
Seed counts are provided as a guide, not a guarantee.
They vary from cultivar to cultivar. Planting rates will vary
if intensive methods such as beds are used. Minimum soil temperatures
are the lowest that will permit any germination.
Expect slow spotty germination if you plant below or above
the ideal range. For a good stand and quickest emergence plant
as close to the middle of the ideal range as possible. If
you have specific cultural questions, consult more detailed
resources or get in touch with us.
A few seeds with unusually thick or hard coatings may benefit
from scarification just before sowing. This
is accomplished by nicking them with a knife, a pinpoint or
lightly scratching them with sandpaper.
Some seeds need to be stratified before sowing.
This tricks the seed by thinking it has gone through winter
followed by the gradual warm-up of spring. It is accomplished
by first moistening and then chilling the seed for a specified
period of time.