Seed-Starting Chart: Getting Ready For The Spring
March is soon approaching, that means Spring will be here before you know it. Winter is a perfect time to start planning your next garden schedule. This guide will help you figure out when to germinate and when to plant your seedlings.
Timing is everything. To start your seeds on time, you need to know when in relation to the frost-free date in spring to plant them. If you need help determining your spring frost-free date, call your county extension agent who can tell you for certain.
How To Use This Plan
Print the seed starting chart below. Write your frost-free date in the blank space at the top of the chart. Get a calendar and add or subtract the number of weeks in the "Safe To Set Out Time" column. This is the "Setting Out Date." It tells you when you can safely plant the crop in the garden. Write it in the last column. Take each date from Column 5 ("Setting Out Date"), subtract the number of weeks shown for that crop in column 3 ("Weeks from Sowing") and record that date in column 2 ("When to Start Inside").
Starting Seeds Indoors
Starting seeds indoors will give you earlier vegetables and flowers, and your cultivar choices will be endless. The process of germination may seem complex, but the act of seed planting is reassuringly simple. Just take it step-by-step, and you’ll soon be presiding over a healthy crop of seedlings.
Earlier fruits and flowers, plus endless variety.
Select your work area—a surface at a comfortable height and close to a water supply where you’ll have room to spread things out. Assemble your equipment: seed-starting containers, starting medium or soil mix, watering can, labels, marking pen, and seed packets.