Starting Seed Indoors: A Personal Seed Starting Planner

Jill Jesiolowski Cebenko discusses starting seed indoors and using this personal seed starting planner to help you decide when its best to plant your seeds.


| December 2001/January 2002



You can record your average last frost date on the chart based on the map in the Image Gallery.

You can record your average last frost date on the chart based on the map in the Image Gallery.


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Learn about this personal seed starting planner you'll need when starting seed indoors for early blooms and cropping.

Your Personal Seed-Starting Planner

Some plants do best with only three or four weeks of indoor growing, while others may need to stay inside for six to eight weeks. Also, cool-loving crops like cabbages and pansies should go outside early, a month or more before your last frost, while others shouldn't go out until the danger of frost has passed. To determine optimum planting times for your location, record your average last frost date on the chart below, based on the map in the Image Gallery. To find your last frost date visit the National Climatic Data Center. Then count backward on the calendar and fill in the corresponding dates for each category. The chart also gives guidelines for when each type of seedling should be moved outdoors to begin to harden off. * Indicates the crop also can be seeded directly in the garden roughly four to six weeks after the indoor start date.

Your Last Spring Frost
Date:______________

(Taken from the map )

Start indoors 10-12 weeks
before last frost
Date: ______________


Vegetables When to set out
(before/after last frost)

Onions 4 weeks before
Parsley* 4-6 weeks before
Broccoli 4-6 weeks before
Cabbage 4-6 weeks before
Cauliflower 4 weeks before





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