Minimum & Optimum Soil Temperatures for Direct Sowing

Start indoors and transplant out once minimum soil temperature is reached: eggplant, leek, onion, pepper and tomato (you should have all of these seeded indoors by now) Direct seed once minimum soil temperature is reached: beans, beets, carrot, lettuce, parsnip, pea, radish, spinach and turnip Variable crops (start 2-6 weeks before soil temperature is reached, or direct seed at optimum soil temperature): cabbage, cauliflower, chard, cucumber, muskmelon, pumpkin, squash and watermelon. There are exceptions to every rule and a tremendous range of variables that make pushing the envelope both exciting, successful or remarkably devastating. Remember that seed is cheap (relatively) and that time

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