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When to Plant Seeds

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The most important thing to know about starting your spring garden inside from seed is when to start…start the seeds too soon and the plants outgrow their containers before it’s time to move them outdoors. Too late and the seedlings will be small and need constant attention. The key is the date of the last frost. Ask your local garden centers or county extension office for your area’s last expected frost date. Then consider the number of days before germination occurs, and add three or four weeks to this – long enough for the seedlings to form a second pair of true leaves. If you subtract the sum from the estimated date of your last frost you should come up with a pretty good planting date.



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  • Darren S Says:
    December 7th, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Bob Pond is absolutely correct. Building code does NOT allow posts to be notched. The Simpson DTT2 kit works well for cases where the posts are to be installed outside the rim/band joists. Not cheap, but sturdy and code-compliant. For posts installed internal to the rim/band joists, a series of blocking and technical wood screws does the trick. Again, never notch posts!

  • Bob Pond Says:
    October 5th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    The proposed approach would not meet code in many localities (e.g. Georgia). Posts should not be notched. Even with unnotched posts, with sufficient pressure at the top, the band/rim will break loose from the rest of the framing unless it is held to the nearest joist or blocking with a steel connector such as a Simpson DTT2 or USP DTB-TB.

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When to Plant Seeds