, Newburyport, MA


January 16, 2013

Tim's Tips: Start seeds eight weeks before to garden move


Keep in mind that problems will arise if you start the seeds for your tomato plants too early. This causes an issue when the plants gets too big before the weather allows you to put it outside. The general rule of thumb is that you want to start the seeds about eight weeks before you set the plants into the garden.

If you put your tomato plants into the garden around the end of May, then you will start your plants in mid-to-late March. If you want to grow some herbs, or if you want to start some pansies from seed, you can plant the seeds now. Otherwise, wait a bit before you start those plants for your gardens.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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