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Fruits and Vegetables

Sow outside onto well-drained, neutral, well-draining and nitrogen-rich soil, two weeks after last frost, 3-4 seeds every 18", and thin to one strong seedling once established. Or start indoors 2-4 weeks before last frost, 70-85F/21-30C; grow warm until transplanting two weeks after last frost. Handle carefully and harden off gradually, setting 2 plants every 18", and later thinning to one plant per 18". Full sun, otherwise protected location

Keep well-watered until the last flowers fade, then reduce watering. Protect from cold; floating row covers may be helpful, as may cold frame s or wall-o-water type protection: these may allow plants to be moved outside earlier around or even before the last frost date

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Fruits and Vegetables

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