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first time starting from seed

OK..l I have my first garden this year... never started anything from seed (indoors)
I been reading, and many of the things I tried to grow this year I started too late,.. and /or are fall crops,
I am wanting to grow lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower...
How many of these things can you start from seed (I guess all of them..??)
Where do you get the seeds, and what are the best kind to grow. (tastiest, and hardiest)

I am also confused as to WHEN I should start them (indoors I suppose).... and then when I should transplant them outside.
I know it depends on your zone, and your winters.
I live in N.E. Georgia, and we usually have HOT dry summers, and fairly mild winters.

Sorry for so many questions.. but I got all this stuff out too late this spring, and would really love to have some of these plants this fall.
I know you folks will try to help me out as much as possible.
Sorry to sound like such a dummy... but I guess I am.. This is all new to me.
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lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower...

All of those are cool weather plants. You would want to plant them end of summer to grow through fall/ winter. The brussel sprouts are a special case. I haven't grown them so I'm no expert, but what I've heard is that they are VERY slow and also that they are mostly only good to eat after they have been through some freezing. So may or may not be a good thing to grow in Georgia.

The lettuce is easiest just to plant directly in the ground. The brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower) probably benefit from being started in pots and babied a bit at the beginning. But doing it in summer, it wouldn't have to be indoors, you could just do your pots/ flats outdoors. Less trouble with lights, hardening off, etc.

In the meantime, especially with your long season, it's not to late to plant summer things now, like beans/squash, even corn if you have room for it.
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