Saturday, January 11, 2014
I know it seems spring is far, far away in January. Luckily for us gardeners we get to start spring early! End of January into February is seed starting time indoors. I have outlined by month the plant seeds to start indoors between now and April for our Zone 6 garden.
Many big box stores will begin getting in their seeds this month. There are great varieties that can be ordered on line. See my blog side bar for the seed companies that I really like to order from.
Seed packets will tell you how far in advance of your last frost date to start your seeds indoors. Here is a web page to look up your last frost date: http://www.moongardencalendar.com/mgc/index.cfm/apps/FrostDates
January and February are cold season crops seed starting time. March and April is the time for warm season veggie and herbs to get their indoor start.
10-12 weeks prior (end Jan/beginning of Feb in our Zone 6 garden)
Beans (dry & lima)
Fruit trees & bushes
8-10 weeks prior (mid-February in our Zone 6 garden)
You can also start perennial flowers indoors as well. For any plant, look at the seed packet for when to plant according to your frost date. Then back up the time from there on when to start indoors. Typical seed starting is 6-8 weeks prior to the plant out date.