Posted: 28/08/2013 at 19:06
Hi Jessica, yes you can start them off in little pots - many of us do that to give them a head start. I usually start them off in early-mid April. I sow direct in the ground in early May. Those times are not fixed though - so much depends on the weather. They will not take any frost at all, so the danger is that late frosts will mean they have to be kept in the greenhouse longer than expected and can grow so much that they get tangled together. When they get to that stage they rarely grow well when planted out. My advice is to sow half the seeds in small pots and keep half until there is no longer any danger of a frost, then plant the remaining half of the seeds directly into the ground. As an aside, doing that will also give you a longer cropping season.