the weeks

the weeks

How to Create (and Stick to) a Seed Starting Schedule

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Starting seeds at the proper time is important to the success of each garden plant. One of the most common mistakes new gardeners make is buying all their seeds then immediately plant them all in pots indoors. Often some things will be stared too early and others too late. I created this garden calendar method to keep myself on track with starting everything on time. This really helps me plan my weekends and helps to ensure I'm not forgetting anything. Step 1: Sort Seeds Step 2: Find out average date of last frost and write on calendar Step 3: Write the number the weeks until that frost date out to 12 or 16 weeks Step 4: Add "to do's" to the calendar as follows: Week 12-16: Start cool weather crops and slow growers (Group 1- need to seed in pots: Onion seeds, Celery, Leeks, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Cabbages, Pansys. Group 2- Optional for earliest harvest- Lettuce, Spinach, pak choi, Mustard, Endive, Swiss chard, Collards, Kale, arugula, Parsley.) Week 8-10: Start slow growing warm weather crops in pots indoors: (Tomatoes, eggplant, Peppers, Petunias, Sage, Lavender, Oregano, Marigolds, Basil, Cilantro.) Week 2-3 Start fast growing Warm weather crops in pots and cool weather crops direct seed in garden. (To sow in pots indoors (mostly optional for earliest harvests or short season areas) - Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Pumpkin, cucumbers, Summer squashes- Zucchini and Yellow squash, Winter squashes- Acorn, spaghetti and Butternut. To Direst Seed in garden: Beets, Turnips, Parsnips, Carrots, Radishes and Peas.) On (or about) average last day of frost: Direst seed Beans- Bush and Pole, Sunflowers, Corn and Dill. That is obviously not an exhaustive list, especially for flowers, so check the back of the seed packet and fit into the category the seeds seem to most closely fit into. If the weather does not seem to be cooperating or you get busy don't stress out if things get behind a week or two. Just do your best and work with the weather when you can. NEW Facebook page: www.facebook.com/frugalgreengirl Feel free to embed and link to these videos on your blog or website, when you do please credit frugalgreengirl. Thank You.