How do I figure out when to plant my own garden seeds?
Well, I confess I read the back of the seed packages when I have a new variety.
Most of the good seed houses will give you a planting date range in the instructions
Otherwise, try this rough planting schedule.
- Perennials get planted in January.
- Most flowers get planted in late February and starting seeds of your
- Vegetables are done in mid-March to the end of March. Later varieties can be planted early April.
- Except for tender vines like pumpkins that are done in mid-April.
There is some variability in flowers but don’t plant your vegetables before the middle of March or you’ll have giant stretched out transplants for sure.
For the rest of the seed starting scheduling, I keep records from every year I garden and adjust the seeding dates according to the needs of the plants and my particular system.
Its not always convenient, but I thank myself every spring for the extra information I’ve added the previous years.
Try starting seeds this year. If you’ve never done it before, you can’t go wrong with Marigolds, Zinnia, and Annual Poppies.
Tomatoes, and cole crops (cabbages etc.) are the easiest of the vegetables.
This season, try a bit of real gardening; starting seeds is your doorway to real gardening.
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