Ready to Gamble

How early you start planting outdoors depends on how much of a gambler you are. Doyou like to play it safe or do you prefer to take chances? If you're a middle-of-the-road type, gamble by putting part of your crop out early, but saving most of it for a safe planting date. This complicates your schedule a little, though, and probably should be saved for next year when you'll be more experienced at the whole business. Remember again, you want to play it safe and give yourself as many advantages as you can the first year, so why not select safe planting dates just to make sure you don't get wiped out by a late spring frost?

The other consideration is how well you are prepared to protect your garden. If your covers are ready, if there are enough to go around, they all fit properly, and are in good repair, and if you know how to use them, it's an easy matter to throw on some protection from an impending hailstorm or late frost. This will make your gamble less risky by evening up your odds against Mother Nature.

A variety of containers can be used for transplants and for starting seeds.

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