When To Sow?

It seemed to me that I started all of my seeds late last year, so I have been looking around for dates to start. By January I saw tons of people from my area starting pepper and tomatoes, which I didn’t think were supposed to be started until March. I love Mother Earth News magazine and when I searched their site, I came across a pdf with a chart to help figure out when to start your seeds. It is a very good resource because it tells you when to set out your seeds based on your last frost date (mine is 4/30), and then when you should start your seeds based on your setting out day.

My chart ended up looking like this:
Plant                  Setting out date      Start indoors date

  • Broccoli                  4/16                                3/5
  • Cabbage                 4/2                                  3/5
  • Cantaloupe             5/14                                4/16
  • Cauliflower             4/16                                3/5
  • Cucumber               5/14                                4/16
  • Eggplant                  5/14                                3/5
  • Leek                        4/2                                  2/5
  • Lettuce                    4/9                                  3/5
  • Okra                         5/21                                4/9
  • Onion                       4/2                                  2/5
  • Pepper                     5/14                                2/5
  • Tomato                    5/14                                3/19

 

  • Basil                          5/7                                 3/26
  • Chives                       5/7                                 3/12
  • Lemon Balm              4/9                                  2/12
  • Parsley                      4/19                               1/29
  • Sage                          4/23                               2/26
  • Thyme                       4/16                               1/29

 

  • Ageratum                   5/7                                 4/9
  • Dahlia                        5/14                               3/19
  • Marigold                    5/14                                3/19
  • Nicotina                    5/14                                3/19
  • Petunia                      5/14                                2/26
  • Snapdragon                5/7                                  2/19
  • Zinnia                        5/14                                3/19

I like having a plan!

However I still wonder, why do people plant their tomatoes and peppers earlier, and if it is just because they get more of a head start, why isn’t the sowing indoors date earlier?

Comments

  1. Wow, you’re so organized! I want to use YOUR chart as a reference if we get our act together and do a garden this year.