Growing rush aside, knowing what to direct seed and what to start in the greenhouse is never easy. It varies, depending on: where you live, when spring sprouts, and how much sun your veggies get. In the Okanagan we are pretty lucky, but there are still some things that need that extra month of growth to have an uber productive summer. A few of these include the delicious tomato, the patient pepper, the abundant zuchinni, and the tasty basil. Of course, there are other things that you can start when the snow begins to melt in the hills: kale, cabbage, and squash.
I realize that, in May, it's too late to start these in the greenhouse. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that if you have a greenhouse in your yard, you already know what to start early and have dutifully done so. For those who don't have a greenhouse, here is a list of seedlings that you should buy from your local greenery/plant nursery and what you should start from seed in your own garden:
Grow From Seed
When to do it
With seeds, you are also free to plant. The fears of frost have passed and the days are hot enough to push a good sprout up above the soil line.
How to buy good seed
When searching for a good source of seed you should try to make sure that you're buying your seed from a source that has a similar climate to your garden. Seeds are smart, and veggies have a tendency to change and grow depending on their environment. For me, I know that a seed harvested in Vernon is going to grow much better in my Westbank climate than a seed from California. Or even better than a seed from the coast as their soil is much different from our own here in the Okanagan.
It's usually fairly easy to find out where your seed is really coming from- that information is either found on the back of the packaging or you can ask everyone's best friend Google. The interwebs usually knows.
If you're finding it hard to find something close to home, seed saving may be a valuable skill to add to your tool belt. I myself have not done much, but plan on doing more so that I can produce a strand of veggies that will grow better than the weeds in my garden. Genetic engineering at its best, but that's a whole other blog post.