AFTER A YEAR OR two of vegetable growing, many gardeners decide to steal a march on Nature by planting seeds indoors during late winter and early spring. Later, when the weather has warmed up, they transplant their homegrown seedlings to the outdoor garden. By doing this they not only lengthen their growing season, they also avoid the expense and risk of buying seedlings from a nursery.
Many vegetables benefit from transplanting. For instance, it is very difficult to start such vegetables as tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers outdoors as seeds. Other vegetables such as lettuce, onions, melons, squash and corn can be started indoors or outdoors.
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