Temp Guides for Seed Starting

Perfect example of a proper temperature environment. Happy seedlings here!
Photo by Kim Mendoza

Here is a quick guide to help you organize your seed ordering and seed starting efforts for the coming gardening year. These are just a few vegetable varietals we tried and/or problem solved with friends. My take away is: start seeds in their ideal season because their growing energy is not used to combat unseasonable weather conditions. Remember, some like it cool while others love it hot. Consider this factor as you dive into the 5 steps to farming with your fork here.

Optimal Plant Growing Temperatures

Cool Season Crops :: 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit

| Asparagus | Artichoke | Beet | Broad Bean | Broccoli | Brussels Sprouts | Cabbage | Carrot | Cauliflower | Celery | Chard | Chicory | Chinese Cabbage | Chive | Collards | Endive | Garlic | Horseradish | Leek | Lettuce |Mustard | Onion | Parsley| Pea | Potato | Radish | Spinach |

Warm Season Crops :: 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit

| Beans | Corn | Cucumber | Pumpkin | Squash |

Hot Season Crops :: 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit

| Eggplant | Okra | Hot Pepper | Sweet Pepper | Tomato | Potato | Watermelon |

Optimal Soil Temp For Germination

Soil blend combination we created for optimal growth for seed starts.
Photo by Kim Mendoza

For the following seeds:

BEANS………… 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit

BEETS…………. 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit

CABBAGE……. 45-95 degrees Fahrenheit

CARROT………. 45-85 degrees Fahrenheit

CAULIFLOWER… 45-85 degrees Fahrenheit

CHARD…………….50-85 degrees Fahrenheit

CORN……………….60-95 degrees Fahrenheit

CUCUMBER……… 60–95 degrees Fahrenheit

EGGPLANT……….. 75-95 degrees Fahrenheit

LETTUCE………….. 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit

OKRA……………….. 70-95 degrees Fahrenheit

ONION……………… 50-95 degrees Fahrenheit

PARSLEY…………… 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit

PEA…………………… 40-75 degrees Fahrenheit

PEPPER……………… 65-95 degrees Fahrenheit

PUMPKIN……………..70-90 degrees Fahrenheit

RADISH………………….45-90 degrees Fahrenheit

SPINACH……………….. 45-75 degrees Fahrenheit

TOMATO………………….60-85 degrees Fahrenheit

TURNIP…………………….60-105 degrees Fahrenheit

WATERMELON…………. 70-95 degrees Fahrenheit

In harmony with these suggestions, use your intuition to create the environment for starting ANY seed you desire within your available time, financial and physical “can do”.

In these times if you have to convert a closet or pantry to serve as your seedling nursery – get on it. Farming with your fork is a day to day activity you make time for and invest in creating the space (with what you have) to thrive.

Our back deck where the magical chaos happened.
Photo by Kim Mendoza

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