Greetings fellow Veggie Garden Ground Redeemers! Even if the weather outside doesn’t seem to be screaming “get outside in the garden”, if you’re considering starting your veggies from seeds this year…time’s-a-tickin’.
Although we’ve used seedlings the past several years, we started our very first veggie garden by sowing seeds inside. And although it was a bit of work on the front end, I have to say that it was our most prolific garden ever…not to mention more enjoyable and certainly more educational for my girls and me.
But enough about me…this is about you. So if you’re planning on going the seed-route this year, it’s high time that you get started! And in some regions and for some veggies you may already be too late. But keep reading if you want to find out for certain.
To help you on your merry gardening way, I thought I’d provide you with a few links that I think you’ll find invaluable.
Step 1…Determine When to Expect the Last Frost Date in Your Area
The first thing you need to know in order to determine when to start your sow-seeding endeavors is the expected last frost date in your area. For obvious reasons, everything else is based on that.
Click here or on the image to the right. That will get you to The Old Farmers Almanac’s list of states that link you to discovering when the expected last frost date is in your area. Click on your state….and then on your city. If you can’t find your exact city click on any city…that will get you to a page that will let you type in your zip code.
Step 2…Determine When to Sow Your Seeds and/or Transplant Your Seedlings
Once you have your last expected frost date in hand you need to determine when to start sowing your seeds. And that depends on what veggies you want to grow.
Unless you’re only planning on planting a 1-veggie garden, keeping track of all the dates for the various veggies you plan to plant can be a bit difficult. This is where Margaret Roach’s Spring Garden Calendar comes in really handy. You can find it here on her awesome website, A Way to Garden.
Step 3…Know What You’re Doing with Your Seeds
Now that you know what you’re planting and when, it’s time to go to school on how to start your garden from seeds. And there’s no better source that I know of for that than my friend Joe Lamp’l from Growing a Greener World.
So hop on over to his blog post and the GGW episode aptly called, Seed Starting 101. There you’ll find all you need to know and more on how to start your veggie garden from seeds. And again, at the bottom of the post you’ll find links to some other information that might be helpful as you get started.
So there you have it. Hopefully you’ve found this information to be helpful.
But before I go, like my gardening guru friends Joe and Margaret, I’ll leave you with some links to previous posts I did on RYGblog that might shed more light on growing veggies at home.
- Our Family Vegetable Garden…In the Beginning
- The Home Vegetable Garden – Clearly a Family Affair
- Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 1 – Where to locate your garden.
- Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 2 – Raised Beds Pros & Cons
- Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 3 – The What’s & How Much’es
- Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 4 – Companion Plants, Seeds, and When?
Take care friends & happy gardening,