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The 15 Best Vegetable Seeds to Plant NOW (in January & February)

Spring and summer may seem far away in January and February. However, home gardening requires careful forethought.

There is a surprising amount of planning that can be done for the upcoming year, even before the first signs of spring have appeared.

Even at this early time of year, you can plant seeds. Here are 15 seeds to plant before spring arrives. All of these edible vegetables can be planted before the last frost in a variety of temperate climate zones.


1. Tomato Seeds

Tomatoes are a summer crop. As a result, you may be surprised to learn that you can begin them well before the warm weather arrives.

Sowing tomato seeds indoors in January or February can help ensure a viable crop by the end of your short growing season.

Choose short season tomato varieties for the best results if you have a short growing season.

Tomatoes germinate best at temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. (Although they can germinate at temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit, they do not germinate as effectively.)

These temperatures are unlikely to be attained outside in winter, or in a domestic greenhouse or polytunnel. As a result, most gardeners will start tomatoes indoors, either in a heated space or with a heated propagator.

Grow lights will keep tomatoes and other plants that grow in warm climates from getting too tall if they are planted too early.


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