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May 6, 2009 06:21 PM

Too late?

I'm in CT, and I just started my tomato and hot pepper seeds indoors, and have yet to start my fennel, rainbow chard, and corn seeds out doors. Am I doomed to fail? I'm nervous as this is my first garden on my own....

Any advice, tips, answers TIA

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  1. I think you might get some production from the tomato and peppers but I would get some older plants from a nursery. It may depend on the variety. I've had volunteer cherry tomato plants that produced just fine here in NH. I would plant the chard outside as soon as you can, forget starting indoors. I'd wait a bit longer on the corn but I'm used to NH frost dates. The local corn farmer is just starting to plow his huge field. Pay attention to the days to maturity on the seed packets. Some varieties need a lot of time, like Silver Queen which is a late variety. I'm picking up my tomato and pepper plants this weekend. I think you should have started them at least 4 weeks ago but they still might do fine. You just won't have any early tomatoes.

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      for your outdoor seeds, you should still be fine. I have a very short season (frost by late august or early sept) and you cannot get all seeds in the ground until after May 15, some it is suggested by the 1st of June. I suspect in CT you would have a much longer season than me (northern Alberta)

    2. Don't worry, kubasd. There's still time- just be aware of what starts out, and what starts in. As others have said, you're a bit late starting peppers and tomatoes indoors, but you're right on time for greens like chard, and probably (in CT) nearly ready for beans, corn, squash.

      This calendar is Maine-specific, but it might be a handy tool for you in thinking about how to schedule your indoor/outdoor planting. It's available from the Maine Organic Gardeners/Farmers Assoc, the largest and oldest of it's kind in the nation.

      Finally, don't stress too much about it. Plant seeds, have fun, take notes for next year (you're bound to forget). But, if the weather's bad, or you screw up the schedule, and somehow your crops all die, you probably won't starve to death in February. So be easy on yourself!