A Seed Starting Calendar for my vegetables and herbs is one way I save money when planting a vegetable garden. A seed packet costs around $1 to $2, depending on the variety, providing at least 25 to 100 potential plants. A tomato seedling from the garden center costs about $1.25.
What is Your Zone?
“Hardiness zones are based on the average annual extreme minimum temperature during a 30-year period in the past, not the lowest temperature that has ever occurred in the past or might occur in the future.” (source: USDA)
Click on the map link to determine your zone using your state or your zip code. Keep in mind that your home could be in a microclimate slightly warmer or colder than your zone depending on where you live.
Basic Seed Starting Calendar
This is my basic seed starting calendar that I use every year. The Sowing Date is on or around a Saturday or whatever works best for my schedule.
Spring Seed Starting/Planting Calendar
|Vegetable||Sowing Date||Transplant Date|
|Sugar snap peas||seed direct||18-Mar|
|Corn||seed direct||4/20 – 5/15|
|Pole Beans||seed direct||5/15 to 6/15|
|Bush Beans||seed direct||5/15/ to 6/15|
|Potatoes||seed direct||soil is 55 – 60 degrees|
|Squash||seed direct||5/15 – 6/15|
Fall Seed Starting/Planting Calendar
|Bush Beans||once weekly until 85 days before frost|
|Broccoli||every 2-3 weeks until midsummer, until 70-84 days before frost|
|Carrots||every 2-3 weeks until midsummer, until 85 days before frost|
|Cauliflower||2 1/2 months after first sowing|
|Cucumbers||every 2 weeks until midsummer, until 86 days before frost|
|Kale||midsummer planting for fall harvest|
|Leeks||2 weeks after first planting|
|Lettuce||every 3 weeks until midsummer; start again in late summer|
|Peas||every 3 weeks until late spring and again in late summer|
|Spinach||every 2 weeks until temperatures rise and days lengthen; again in late summer|
Get a Free Copy of the Spring Seed Starting Calendar today!
Not sure when to plant seeds or plants? Grab a copy of my seed starting calendar. Before filling in dates, you’ll need to find out the last frost date for spring in your area. In my zone, Zone 7, it’s April 15th. Using the last frost date, you can decide when to plant your vegetables, and how long to keep planting vegetables to take advantage of the power of succession planting.
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