Asked on Mar 22, 2012

how warm does it need to be at night to start my gardens

Douglas HuntWalter Reeves


I live in sw montana
2 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 22, 2012

    Soil temperatures govern how successful most plants can be at this time. That said, there are lots of techniques for fudging your garden start: frost cloth, Wall-o-Water, cold frames and low hoop houses.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 22, 2012

    I suspect a lot of Montana gardeners start things indoors to get a jump start on what can be a short growing season. This brochure, from Montana State University Extension, provides times-to-transplant and frost tolerance for more than 30 commonly grown vegetables:

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