Recently, I came across a FREE, on-line seed-starting guide at Johnny’s Seeds. This is an awesome tool that I hope you will use. Although it’s not a complete list of vegetable and flower crops, it includes those most grown by home gardeners.
In order to explain a couple of things about the guide, I have posted part of it below:
- Once you are at the link, enter the last estimated frost date in your area (where it says mm/dd/yyyy) and the dates following each crop will automatically change accordingly. Is that cool or what!
- In the cell where it says, “Safe time to set out plants (relative to frost-free date)”, the phrase ‘to set out’ simply means ‘hardening off’. This is a horticulture term for placing indoor seedlings outside during daylight to gradually make them more resistant to their new environmental conditions. If you are a gardener who doesn’t have the time or patience to do this and prefer transplanting seedlings directly into the soil, simply protect your tender plants from the hot afternoon sun with a cover cloth until they adjust to the climate.
|Enter spring frost-free date (include year):||
|Crop||Number of weeks to start seeds before setting-out date||When To start inside||Setting-out date|
|From||To||Safe time to set out plants (relative to frost-free date)||From||To|
|Artichoke||8||19-Feb||on frost-free date||15-Apr|
|Basil||6||11-Mar||1 week after||22-Apr|
|Beets*||4 to 6||19-Feb||4-Mar||2 weeks before||1-Apr|
|Broccoli||4 to 6||19-Feb||4-Mar||2 weeks before||1-Apr|
|Cabbage||4 to 6||5-Feb||18-Mar||4 weeks before||18-Mar||15-Apr|
After you utilize Johnny’s Seeds’ seed-starting guide, check out their online catalog. I know several master gardeners who are pleased with their service and products. Have fun with both!