I have some questions about germination and seedling stage, because where I live there are two factors which are throwing me off a bit:
Spring starts in September where I live, but we have chance of frost up until early November.
I also can’t use lights indoors. Otherwise this would be a lot easier.
So I plan on germinating in 4 inch pots, and I am trying to figure out two things
when to begin germination, and
how to take good care of them (enough light, heat, no frost, birds etc) until they are big enough to transplant outdoors 100% of the time in my 25 gallon pots.
Should I just go ahead and germinate now as we are 13 days into spring, and after they sprout keep them outdoors (provided no rain) and bring them inside at night? Is it that simple and I am overthinking?
Not sure how many weeks it takes them to be big enough to transplant to the final pots, 2? 3? 4? But depending on how long that is, it will either take me before or past the ‘last frost date’ here. If before and I have transplanted and we have a night of frost coming up, I can just put frost covers on them or something?
Or should I try and time this so that the plants will be transplanted after the last frost date. So let’s say last frost date is Nov 1 and growing them to 8 inches takes 2 weeks… I would germinate in the middle of October I guess?
Thanks anyone for tips, this is doing my head in!