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Seed-Starting Tips for Southern California | Regional Report

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It’s April, and as the soil starts to warm up after winter, it’s time to get your vegetable seeds planted. The tricky question is when to plant. The Los Angeles region alone has over eight different Sunset zones, not including the San Diego and Santa Barbara areas. Since most seed packets are written for colder climates, it is extremely difficult to figure out the best time to plant in our region. Here are some tips and tricks to use to determine when to plant your seeds.

1. Many of what are considered spring veggies are actually winter veggies in Southern California.

April is a good time to look at starting summer crops from seed instead, like summer squash, sunflowers, basil, peppers, tomatoes, and beans. Vegetables such as lettuce and peas are better sown in fall for winter harvest.


Photo: Danielle Sherry

2. Ignore the seed packet.

The timing on…

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