Author Archives: Steve Albert

Beans Seed Starting Tips

Beans are a tender, warm-weather crop with the exception of Fava beans which are a cool weather crop. There are two types of warm-season beans bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans […]

Corn Seed Starting Tips

Corn is a tender, warm-weather crop. Sweet corn is commonly grown in gardens. Sow corn in the garden 1 week after the last frost when the soil temperature has warmed to at […]

Pumpkin Seed Starting Tips

Pumpkins are a tender, warm-weather crop. Pumpkins are a type of winter squash—grown through the summer for harvest in the fall. Pumpkins, like other winter squashes, must fully mature on the vine. […]

Summer Squash and Zucchini Seed Starting Tips

Summer squash are tender, warm-weather crops. Summer squashes include crookneck, pattypan, straightneck, scallop, vegetable marrow, and zucchini. Sow summer squash indoors 4 to 3 weeks before the last expected frost in spring. […]

Okra Seed Starting Tips

Okra is a tender, warm-weather crop. Plant okra after all danger of frost has passed. Okra requires midsummer warmth and almost tropical heat for best growth. Start okra indoors 6 to 4 […]

Winter Squash Seed Starting Tips

Winter squash are tender, warm-weather crops very similar to summer squashes. But, winter squashes—unlike summer squashes—must fully mature on the vine before harvest. Summer squashes can be picked and eaten immature; they […]

Sweet Potato Plant Starting Tips

Sweet potatoes are a warm-weather crop. They require a long, hot growing season. Sweet potatoes are grown from rooted cuttings, called “slips” or “draws”. Slips are best started indoors from sweet potato […]

Cucumber Seed Starting Tips

Cucumbers are a tender, warm-weather crop. Start cucumbers indoors 6 to 3 weeks before you plan to transplant them into the garden or direct sow seed in the garden 2 to 3 […]