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From Seed to Plate

Seedsavers take you on a journey.

From when you first get your seeds, prepare your soil for optimum growth, watch them grow into mature plants, harvest, prepare for eating, or seed saving and storage for the next growing season, we are with you all the way

SEED STARTING CHART

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. If you need help determining your spring frost-free Seed Starting date, call your county extension agent who can tell you for certain.

Creating Your 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

YOUR SEED-STARTING PLAN

The Spring Frost-Free Date in My Garden is…………………………..

CROPWHEN TO START INSIDEWEEKS FROM SOWINGSAFE TO SET OUT TIME (RELATIVE TO FROST-FREE DATE)SETTING OUT DATE
Basil61 week after
Beets*4-6 weeks2 weeks before
Broccoli4-6 weeks2 weeks before
Cabbage4-6 weeks4 weeks before
Cauliflower4-6 weeks2 weeks before
Collards4-6 weeks4 weeks before
Corn*2-4 weeks0-2 weeks after
Cucumber3-4 weeks1-2 weeks after
Eggplant8-10 weeks2-3 weeks after
Kale4-6 weeks4 weeks before
Kohlrabi4-6 weeks4 weeks before
Lettuce4-5 weeks3-4 weeks before
Melons3-4 weeks2 weeks before
Mustard*4-6 weeks4 weeks before
Okra*4-6 weeks2-4 weeks after
Onions6-8 weeks4 weeks before
Parsley9-10 weeks2-3 weeks before
Peas*3-4weeks6-8 before
Peppers6-14 weeks2 weeks after
Pumpkins3-4 weeks4 weeks after
Spinach4-6 weeks3-6 weeks before
Squash3-4weeks2 weeks after
Swiss Chard4-6 weeks2 weeks before
Tomatoes6-8 weeks1-2 weeks after

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