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Seed Starting Chart

A handy chart for knowing when to plant

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. You can look up front & freeze info here: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/frostdates

Creating Your Seed Starting 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" when you can safely plant the crop to 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").
  • For seeding advice, check out http://www.dirtgoddessseeds.com/category_s/1914.htm

YOUR SEED-STARTING PLAN

The Spring Frost-Free Date in My Garden is_______________

CROP

WHEN TO
START INSIDE

WEEKS
FROM SOWING

SAFE TO SET OUT TIME (RELATIVE TO FROST-FREE DATE)

SETTING OUT DATE

Basil

6

1 week after

Beets*

4-6

2 weeks before

Broccoli

4-6

2 weeks before

Cabbage

4-6

4 weeks before

Cauliflower

4-6

2 weeks before

Collards

4-6

4 weeks before

Corn*

2-4

0 to 2 weeks after

Cucumber

3-4

1 to 2 weeks after

Eggplant

8-10

2 to 3 weeks after

Kale

4-6

4 weeks before

Kohlrabi*

4-6

4 weeks before

Lettuce

4-5

3 to 4 weeks before

Melons

3-4

2 weeks after

Mustard*

4-6

4 weeks before

Okra*

4-6

2 to 4 weeks after

Onions

6-8

4 weeks before

Parsley

9-10

2 to 3 weeks before

Peas*

3-4

6 to 8 weeks before

Peppers

6-14

2 weeks after

Pumpkins

3-4

2 weeks after

Spinach

4-6

3 to 6 weeks before

Squash

3-4

2 weeks after

Swiss chard

4-6

2 weeks before

Tomatoes

6-8

1 to 2 weeks after

* These crops are usually direct-seeded outdoors, but they can be started inside.