Need help with Gardening in the Carolinas?
Transplants vs. Direct-Sowing
Starting a vegetable garden? Confused about whether you should start seeds indoors or sow them directly in the garden?
There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these practices and the answer really depends upon the individual crop.
Here are some general guidelines:
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, head lettuce, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts
Cool-season veggies to direct-sow:
Peas, radishes, turnips, parsnips, beets, spinach, carrots, potatoes (from seed potatoes)
Warm-season veggies to start indoors:
Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, celery
Warm-season veggies to direct-sow:
Beans, corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, melons, pumpkins
With Permission from February 6, 2013, "The Weekender from Viette's"
Lori Jones, Horticulturist/Senior Editor
Andre Viette Farm & Nursery, Fisherville, VA
Soil Test Kits:
Available at the NC Extension Agricultural Center,
3230 Presson Rd., Monroe. Soil tests are analyzed at no cost to NC residents.
Click on the link below for the USDA Planting Zone map for North Carolina:
CENTRAL NC PLANTING ARTICLE: NC STATE UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
VEGETABLE PLANTING GUIDE: NC STATE UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION