What is the time frame to start seeds in my house for spring planting

I'm going to plant gourds this year and want to start them indoors!

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  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 20, 2018
    look up your average last frost. You can google it By zip code. That will tell you when you should be able to plant in ground. If your seeds have a few weeks to germinate..the seed pack will tell you how long for germination if the seed pack says takes 6 weeks to germinate start from the last frost date count backwards 6 weeks. That’s when I plant seeds for that veg.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 20, 2018
    usually 6-8 weeks before your last expected frost date, possibly 8-10 depending on the length of germination of the seeds you are starting
  • Molly B Molly B on Feb 20, 2018
    Check with your Master Gardeners' or Farm Extension Service. It depends on the last frost date in your Zone.
  • Molly B Molly B on Feb 20, 2018
    You want short and stocky, NOT long and leggy!

    • Joe Joe on Feb 20, 2018
      Thank you for your reply. I am planting apple and birdhouse gourds, do you recommend a trellis for the plants ?
  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 20, 2018
    We are starting our in March. But we live in Oregon. Won't put the young plants out until May.
  • Nancy Nancy on Feb 20, 2018
    Depending on where you live but in zones 3-5 start in February
  • Joe Joe on Feb 20, 2018
    Thanks for your reply. How do I make them short and stocky? I'm trying to grow apple and birdhouse gourds. Is that the correct way for that type ? Do you recommend trellis growing for them?
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