Growing Vegetable Transplants

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Every time I go by the vegetable counter of my favorite grocery store, I get excited thinking about the fresh fruits and vegetables that can come out local gardens this year. Sure the veggies in the stores are OK for now but there isn't any comparison to fresh locally grown.

Don't forget that you can get that garden feeling by starting certain vegetables like peppers indoors. Peppers can be started around the end of February while tomatoes can be seeded around March 15th. Don't forget that vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts can be started from seed in early February. They are considered cole crops and should be set out if weather permits mid March.

Now, when you do get your seeds from your local lawn and garden center, there can be some hard choices as to variety but its not difficult. First, consider the size of cabbage head, for example, you want. There are flat cabbage heads, round cabbage heads, heads that look like a dunce hat as well as small round heads. As far as I'm concerned, they all taste the same in slaw.

The difference in many seed varieties can vary by maturity date, size of fruit, shape, as well as internal eating qualities like sweetness and solids to liquids composition. Don't forget to choose about 10 percent new varieties each year for your garden and in this way gardening can remain exciting with great anticipation.

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