Starting Annuals

Your Seed-Starting Plan

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The Spring Frost-Free Date in My Garden is_______________

CROP

WHEN TO
START INSIDE

WEEKS FROM
SOWING

SAFE TO SET OUT TIME (RELATIVE TO FROST-FREE DATE

SETTING OUT DATE

Basil

6

1 week after

Beets*

4-6

2 weeks before

 

Broccoli

 

4-6

2 weeks before

 

Cabbage

 

4-6

4 weeks before

 

Cauliflower

 

4-6

2 weeks before

 

Collards

 

4-6

4 weeks before

 

Corn*

 

2-4

0 to 2 weeks after

 

Cucumber

 

3-4

1 to 2 weeks after

 

Eggplant

 

8-10

2 to 3 weeks after

 

Kale

 

4-6

4 weeks before

 

Kohlrabi*

 

4-6

4 weeks before

 

Lettuce

 

4-5

3 to 4 weeks before

 

Melons

 

3-4

2 weeks after

 

Mustard*

 

4-6

4 weeks before

 

Okra*

 

4-6

2 to 4 weeks after

 

Onions

 

6-8

4 weeks before

 

Parsley

 

9-10

2 to 3 weeks before

 

Peas*

 

3-4

6 to 8 weeks before

 

Peppers

 

6-14

2 weeks after

 

Pumpkins

 

3-4

2 weeks after

 

Spinach

 

4-6

3 to 6 weeks before

 

Squash

 

3-4

2 weeks after

 

Swiss chard

 

4-6

2 weeks before

 

Tomatoes

 

6-8

1 to 2 weeks after

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

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