I have a few outdoors vegetable boxes and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. To get a head start for the growing season, I would like to start by planting seeds indoors using a heating mat.

What are good vegetable seeds to plant now?

  • What size of vegetable boxes? Pictures would be awesome
    – J. Musser
    Feb 19, 2016 at 20:50
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    They are 10 feet by 6 feet so fairly big. I am just not sure if it is too early to start tomatoes or chilis vs. kale and cucumbers. How do I sequence seed germination for optimal results?
    – JStorage
    Feb 19, 2016 at 20:55
  • Are they raised beds or boxes with bottoms? How deep if boxes? What season is it now? What zone is the SF bay area? Feb 20, 2016 at 0:26
  • Depth is about 6-8 inches and the bottom is soil.
    – JStorage
    Feb 20, 2016 at 20:18

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If you ask yourself what wegetable you should grow at a given time, you should use a seasonality table like this one. This kind of document can help you to chose and optimize your cultures by planning at month scale every phase of your cultivated vegetables. Find a similar document at a local gardening store to be sure it is suitable to your location.

To answer your question, you could plant :

  • Leeks and other member of the onion family,
  • Lettuce and similars (endive, chicoree),
  • Large leaves vegetables like spinach, cabbage or rhubarb.
  • Thanks for the tip on seasonality table. I was not aware of this thing. Just what I need.
    – JStorage
    Feb 20, 2016 at 20:25

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