Early April, we began germinating: kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and okra. All started well, then the seedlings became leggy. A few days ago, I wrote about what I believed the problem was in my post, "Leggy Seedlings." I mentioned the temperature issue. One resource I listed, Purdue Horticulture, mentioned, "Most annual plants and vegetables prefer night temperatures of 60-65°F (15-18°C). Day temperatures may run about 10°F higher. If temperatures are warmer than this,
About a week ago we began germinating: kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and okra. This year is our first time germinating seeds indoors before it is warm enough to grow them outdoors. Although our seedlings had a great start, they are not fairing too well now. We grew okra from seed last year outdoors so we knew what it should look like at this stage. Unfortunately the stems on many of the seedlings, as you can see in the video here, are not strong and are falling over.
Once the snow melted, our boys were ready to plant. Planting at the correct time is key. Purdue University's horticulture department has a great guide about when to plant in Indiana. Click here to view the guide. Knowing the approximate last frost date and the appropiate soil temperature for the crops you want to grow is the best way to help ensure successful germination. It will also help plant transplants to adjust and thrive in your garden. We are in area C in the gu