"Guaranteed to Grow" Filter
Enter your zip code to see plants that will work in YOUR garden. No more guesswork!
Hide Filter
Zone Info

You are Filtering By:

Filter is: 
Edit Settings

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Greenhouses a Woe? Direct Sow!

When most think of starting vegetable gardens from seed, they immediately picture greenhouses, growing lights, and months of preparation. Although this is one way (and for some varieties, the only way) to grow vegetables from seed, there are many varieties that will thrive and produce delicious crops simply by being directly planted in the ground or in containers. For all you gardeners who are a little intimidated by starting seeds indoors, or have missed your window of opportunity, don’t worry – You can still create a delicious vegetable garden this season!

The most important step in making sure your seeds have the best change of growing is to properly prepare your garden bed. Remove all existing growth, turn the soil over, rake smooth, and apply compost or organic vegetable fertilizer.

Scarlet Nantes Carrots
Salad Bowl Lettuce
Detroit Dark Red Beet
Kentucky Wonder Beans

Vegetables seeds that will thrive being directly sown in the garden are Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Beans, Peas, and Swiss Chard. We also suggest companion planting Marigold seeds with your vegetables. They will not only provide a gorgeous show with their colorful blooms, but will help to deter unwanted pests from your vegetables and also help to repel root knot that can harm your tomatoes and other vegetables.

Plant the seeds in the ground according to the directions on the packet. A general rule is to plant the seeds 2-3 times deeper than they are wide. Compact the seeds into the soil after planting and make sure to keep the soil moist to encourage germination (checking every day if possible).

Once your seeds start to sprout, remember to thin them out and give the few strongest looking sprouts a chance to develop!

Growing your own vegetable garden is not only rewarding to the stomach, but can be a great stress reliever and gives the gardener a sense of pride and accomplishment – “I grew this carrot myself!” Those who are just beginning, or have missed the chance to start seeds indoors, should still consider planting a vegetable garden this year by direct sowing their vegetables outdoors.

For more gardening tips and ideas, check out our friends at Paula's Garden Patch.

Happy Gardening!

3 thoughts on “Greenhouses a Woe? Direct Sow!”

Leave a Reply
You are using an out-of-date browser.

You will still be able to shop AmericanMeadows.com, but some functionality may not work unless you update to a modern browser. Update My Browser

×

Please wait...

Item added to your cart

has been added to your cart.

Continue shopping or View cart & checkout